Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources Group

Integrated Water Management

Water resource competition is increasing in Australia and the rest of the world with many river basins approaching stressed conditions. This competition is expected to intensify in future with population growth and the likely impacts of climate change.

Managing water resources to overcome these challenges requires an integrated approach which takes into account the geographical, institutional and specific water resource features of catchments and river basins. Such an approach is based on taking into account the dynamic interactions between human and natural systems, land and water systems and stakeholders.

The group is credited with the development of the framework called “system harmonisation” which integrates bio-physical with the social, economic, political and legal dimensions to achieve better resource management outcomes. The group has extensive experience in the application of this framework both in Australia and internationally at spatial scales ranging from small catchments to large river basins.

Further Information

The Department of Infrastructure Engineering
University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010 Australia

Prof Hector M Malano

T: +61 3 8344 6645
F: +61 3 8344 6215

Dr Biju George

T: +61 3 8344 6876
F: +61 3 8344 6868

Dr Bandara Nawarathna

T: +61 3 8344 7180
F: +61 3 8344 6215