Strategic planning for total water cycle management

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Integrated approaches to policy and planning are frequently advocated as the preferred response to Natural Resource Management (NRM) at all levels of government. The notion of integrated governance promotes cross-sectoral inter-organisational interaction and multi-sectoral collaboration seeking to overcome traditionally fragmented and single issue defined policy processes and structures. Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) can be located within the broader discourse of integrated governance and more specifically within Integrated Environmental Management (IEM). While there is general agreement surrounding the theoretical value of this discourse and its underpinning principles, the movement from rhetoric to reality is more complex. The Strategic Framework for Integrated Water Cycle Management and Sustainable Stormwater Outcomes in the Mid-North Coast Region is a project which grapples with the ‘rhetoric reality’ dilemma through exploring strategic planning as a tool and process for working towards IWCM within a local government and catchment context.
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