July 2011 - Australian River Restoration Centre

  • Evolving issues and practices in groundwater dependent ecosystem management – new National Water Commission Report

    Groundwater dependent ecosystems include wetlands, baseflow ecosystems, stygofauna (fauna living within aquifers), estuarine and marine ecosystems, fauna and terrestrial vegetation. The nature and degree of their dependence on groundwater varies significantly. Often groundwater dependent ecosystems rely on groundwater for a certain period of time and without access the result can be irreversible ecological damage or […]

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  • 4th Lake Eyre Basin Aboriginal Forum, 13-15 Sept, Tibooburra

    Thank you to Vol Norris for sending us through this information about  the upcoming 4th Lake Eyre Basin Aboriginal Forum, to be be held on the 13 – 15 September in Tibooburra, New South Wales.  The theme for this year’s conference is: Water, land and connections across the Lake Eyre Basin – sharing the journey […]

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  • Environmental Water Managers Specialist Network

    In 2009, the National Water Commission (NWC) funded the establishment of a Community of Practice for Environmental Water Managers, and  supported the group’s  activities for the first two years. After this, the Community’s future relied on members interest in retaining the group, and it becoming self-sustaining.  In a recent member survey, over 85% of respondents […]

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  • Know your networks

    Understanding the formal and informal communication networks in your organisation is crucial to managing successfully.

    The ARRC works with organisations and people across a number of different disciplines.  Recently we have been developing a partnership with Graham Durant-Law, who specialised in social network analysis.  This is a fascinating area of work, and we are finding that when this analytical tool is combined with qualitative evaluation techniques, an in-depth and much more insightful understanding is gained about how relationships and networks in an organisation are helping or hindering the achievement of goals.  Graham has provided us with an introduction to social network analysis that we hope you find interesting….

    With businesses increasingly operating with an evolving and interconnected series of networks, the need for analytical techniques to understand these relationships is growing. Social network analysis views relationships in terms of network theory, with each network made up of individuals or organisations and their interdependency. The resulting structures are often very complicated, but when analysed can reveal knowledge flows, relationships and social capital in an organisation, as shown in the map below.

    There are a number of ways of mapping the networks of interest to your organisation. Structured interviews with staff can be used to provide detailed data on communication patterns, the flow of knowledge, and power and support networks in an organisation.  Other techniques use on-line surveys with a greater degree of automation, and can sometimes include data from emails and documents. For example the To: and From: fields in emails can be used along with frequency data, to generate a network visualisation and associated metrics.
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  • The psychology and power of stories

    Nerida sent me this link to a great website called Psychology Today.  One of the topics that is focused on is  the power of stories, as they are told across many different disciplines, topics, countries and languages.  As the website states: Telling stories is the best way to teach, persuade, and even understand ourselves I […]

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  • No conversation = no relationship

    As the regular readers of this site know, Siwan and I regularly run a workshop called Connecting Through Conversation and Story and one of the things that has struck me recently is that without a conversation, we cannot build a relationship.  That conversation may not be face to face – it may be via email, […]

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  • The Annual Water forum

    The Annual Water forum at the Albury-Wodonga campus of La Trobe University will be held on 29th July 2011. The forum is sponsored by La Trobe University, North East Water and the Department of Primary Industries (Vic) and this year covers topics relating to urban water and the management of environmental water reserves. Speakers include […]

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  • Australia’s Largest Environmental Prize Finalists Announced

    As one of the judges for the Australian Riverprize I am delighted to let you know about the finalists for this year. Last week the International RiverFoundation announced the finalists of the 2011 Australian Riverprize for outstanding achievements in sustainable river management as: Project Catalyst, Qld (Coca-Cola Foundation, WWF and Reef Catchments NRM) Sunshine Coast […]

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  • Urban waterway restoration

    More and more, the importance of ecologically healthy urban waterways is being recognised as influencing the health and liveability of cities around the world. Remediating degraded systems is no easy task due to the deep connections to historical, infrastructure, governance and social complexities of urban areas. Effective actions are required at various scales and from […]

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