Lake Eyre Basin Knowledge Strategy - Summary
Scientific Advisory Panel
Background and context
The Lake Eyre Basin (LEB) Intergovernmental Agreement (2000) gives rise to a number of processes, including: annual meetings of the LEB Ministerial Forum; the biennial Lake Eyre Basin Conference; regular meetings of Departmental Officers representing the participating Governments; and regular meetings of both the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) and the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Lake Eyre Basin (www.lebmf.gov.au/). The Agreement also mandates the Lake Eyre Basin Rivers Assessment; a review of the condition of all watercourses and catchments in the Basin to be undertaken on a ten yearly basis.
In 2002 the Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Forum agreed on five policies under the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement, to which a sixth policy was added in 2004 (see Appendix A). These included the following policy on research and monitoring:
Research and Monitoring Policy:
'Management of water and related natural resources associated with the river systems in the Agreement Area will be guided by the best available scientific information and local knowledge, and by the results of ongoing monitoring and periodic assessment of the condition of these river systems. Targeted research may also be undertaken to address identified knowledge gaps.'
This Knowledge Strategy is intended to serve as a blueprint to implement the above policy of the Ministerial Forum.