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Appendix:  Summary of considerations when setting boundaries for freshwater management units

Primary Considerations

 

Hydrologic similarity and characteristics of the region

 

1.     Does the FMU reflect key hydrological characteristics (particularly catchment boundaries)?

Cultural and social characteristics of the region

 

1.     Does the FMU take into account the current and potential patterns of use and demand for freshwater resources?

2.     Does the identification of FMU take into account social and political characteristics of the region or area, including:

  • rohe boundaries
  • territorial authority boundaries
  • communities interested, engaged or involved in freshwater management?

Secondary Considerations

 

Physical characteristics and connections

 

1.     Does the proposed FMU take into account key physical characteristics of the region or area?

2.     Does the proposed FMU take into account connections between water bodies?

3.     Does the proposed FMU take into account connections between surface and groundwater?

4.     Does the proposed FMU take into account connections between fresh water and coastal water?

Existing spatial scales used

 

1.     Does the proposed FMU take into account existing management units?

Freshwater values

 

1.     Does the proposed FMU take into account the compulsory and any other chosen additional national freshwater values and other regional or local values?

2.     Does the proposed FMU take into account outstanding freshwater bodies?

3.     Does the proposed FMU take into account the significant values of wetlands?

4.     Does the proposed FMU take into account degraded freshwater bodies?

Freshwater objectives and limits

 

1.     Is the proposed FMU the appropriate scale for setting freshwater objectives and limits?

Freshwater accounting and monitoring

 

1.     Does the proposed FMU consider freshwater accounting requirements?

2.     Does the proposed FMU take into account the monitoring system(s) requirements?