The Lower Murray Darling Basin produces an enormous range of economic, social and environmental services of importance within the region and to Australia as a whole.
These services depend on a healthy regional community, environment and economy. Plans and programs are in place to promote and support the management of natural resources for a sustainable future. Regional natural resource management plans contain targets for improvement of the condition of soils, the quality of surface and groundwater, the management of remnant and replanted vegetation and the preservation of important flora and fauna. The Lower Murray Landscape Futures project illustrates for the first time that many different futures can result from the same plans and targets. These futures depend as much on how natural resource management targets are implemented as what the targets are.

The Lower Murray Landscape Futures project has undertaken a comprehensive, integrated and evidence-based assessment of the future landscapes that could result from achieving current targets.
The project recognises that there is uncertainty about future economic, social and environmental conditions and has examined how climate change and changes in commodity prices and water availability might affect landscape futures.

The breadth of this project reflects the multidisciplinary skills and experiences that have been marshalled across participating state government agencies, research organisations and regional bodies.
The project has focussed on the Lower Murray region which includes the:
• South Australian Murray Darling Basin Natural Resource Management region
• Victorian Mallee Catchment Management Authority region
• Victorian Wimmera Catchment Management Authority region
• *New South Wales Lower Murray-Darling Catchment Management Authority region
Because the natural resource management, economic and social issues around the Murray River corridor are different to those in the greater area of grazing, dryland farming and forested uplands away from the river, separate analyses of landscape futures have been undertaken for the river corridor and the dryland areas of the region.

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