Incentives for ecosystem service supply in Australia's Murray-Darling Basin

Onil Banerjee, Rosalind Bark

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For Australia, the Murray-Darling Basin is a significant ecological and socioeconomic asset. During the Millennium Drought (1997 - 2010), severe ecosystem service losses provided impetus for water policy reform. With around $8.9 billion committed, the Commonwealth's two-pronged water recovery strategy is to purchase water entitlements for the environment and support investment in improving irrigation infrastructure efficiency. In this paper, we consider the design of a complementary payment for ecosystem services pathway which using water as payment can provide incentives for local ecosystem service supply.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544-556
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Water Resources Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Basin plan
  • market-based instruments
  • Payment for ecosystem services
  • sustainable diversion limits
  • the Murray-Darling Basin

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