The economics of public green space

4.12.2017 - Posted by Kane Travis

In a relatively recent trip to Bangkok I was confronted by the urban environment that seemed go on and on with little open greenspace to rest your eyes.  I googled it.  Apparently Bangkok has on average 3m2  of green space per person (compared to 15 m2 for Sydney).

All of us who live in cities with ample green space know it is important, but more recently the quantification of the benefits has been advancing Vivid Economics recently produced a good document to produce a natural capital account of London’s green spaces.  Closer to home a NESP project ‘Benefits of Urban Green space in the Australian Context and Griffith Business School produced some very good work earlier on in defining public green space and life satisfaction in urban Australia. 

Alluvium and Natural Capital Economics have become highly involved in advancing the understanding of social and economic benefits of green infrastructure and green open space in cities.  Together we are currently supporting the policy development for naturalising creeks in Sydney, and further south, supporting Melbourne Water to review research on the economic values of waterways as part of the development of an urban constructed waterway framework.

Tamil Nadu delegation visits Alluvium to discuss urban water issues and opportunities.

21.11.2017 - Posted by Simon Tilleard

In our Melbourne office we recently hosted a delegation from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The delegation included Mr Velumanu (Minister Municipal Administration, Rural Development, and Urban and Rural Water Supply), Mr Singh (Principal Secretary of the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department) and Mr Natarajan (CEO of Tamil Nadu Water Investment Company).
It was a great opportunity to meet with one of the more progressive Indian states for urban water management. We heard about their focus and priorities in the sector and shared some of our relevant past experience in areas such as river rejuvenation, stormwater drainage and treatment and broad-scale WSUD planning. 
Our international program manager, Simon Tilleard, will be undertaking a follow up visit to Tamil Nadu in December to further explore urban water related opportunities in the state.
Thanks to Gopi Shankar and Victorian Government Trade and Investment for their support.

Climate Change Science

3.11.2017 - Posted by Kane Travis

At Alluvium we have always believed that the value of our work is measured in our capacity to make a difference to the world we live in.

This extends to our work on natural resources and on the communities that rely on them for their quality of life. Over recent months we have turned our attention to climate change and adaptation measures and have been awarded two very different, but very important projects. 

In Melbourne Natural Capital Economics and Alluvium have teamed to deliver an Economic Vulnerability Assessment of Extreme Heat to Victoria. Working for DELWP, this work extends from infrastructure and rural production, through to impacts on urban populations. The work is a perfect example of where science and economics needs to be highly integrated to produce meaningful project outcomes. 
Heading about as far north as you can go we are helping the Douglas Shire Council in North Queensland to develop their Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy. Teaming with JBP our work here is focused on helping to build coastal communities understanding and resilience to future increased storm severity and sea level rises.

Lessons for effective on basin planning

2.11.2017 - Posted by Simon Tilleard
Alluvium experts reflect on recent basin planning related experiences in Australia, India, Myanmar and Thailand to draw 10 critical lessons for effective basin planning.

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Rural Water Advisory up and going

24.10.2017 - Posted by Kane Travis

Very happy to announce our new subsidiary venture designed to support sustainable water resource management and development in the rural sector.
Rural Water Advisory (RWA) operates under an independent Board and focuses on supporting landholders, rural water suppliers and local Councils to work in partnership with Commonwealth and State Governments delivering modernisation and water saving projects.
Leveraging science and engineering skills from Alluvium and Economics from Natural Capital Economics, RWA seeks to provide a new, independent and highly skilled practice to respond to water policy, planning with design challenges in the rural sector.  Our work benefits regional communities, the agricultural sector and the health of rural waterways.
RWA has been busy for 12 months aligning commonwealth needs and with private sector needs and most recently has been supporting the NSW Government to prepare EOI applications and preliminary business cases for water infrastructure projects to receive funding under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. 
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