Implementation of the Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting and Improvement Framework – Commonwealth Environmental Water response to stakeholder submissions
On 1 June 2011, the Department of Sustainability, Environmental, Water, Population and Communities released a discussion paper seeking stakeholders' views on a proposed Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Framework for the use of Commonwealth environmental water in the Murray-Darling Basin.
Twenty six written responses were received from various catchment management authorities, peak bodies, environmental non-government organisations, state government environment and water agencies, scientific bodies and infrastructure operators. Additional comments from state government agencies and stakeholders were also received via targeted meetings.
The amended framework is informed by the responses from stakeholders and has been updated to be consistent with Section 12 of the proposed Murray-Darling Basin Plan (Basin Plan), which was released for public comment on 28 November 2011. In particular, the framework demonstrates how we will meet requirements specified in the proposed Basin Plan. The framework will be amended, as required, to remain consistent with the Basin Plan when it is finalised.
The revised framework is a high level document that provides overarching guidance for the development and implementation of monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement (MERI) for Commonwealth environmental water. As such, it is not intended to provide a comprehensive outline of the MERI approach which will be the subject of future more detailed work.
The following response to the views of stakeholders focuses on key issues emerging from the consultation process. Some comments relating to specific, more detailed aspects of MERI will be further considered as the framework continues to be implemented.