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Wicked problems demand adaptive responses: how does the Murray Darling plan stack up?

By Brian Davidson and Hector Malano, University of Melbourne

Published 21 December on The Conversation.

Since the MDBA (the Authority) released the long awaited Plan for the Murray-Darling Basin, the response has been both predictable and somewhat muted. Most predictable have been calls for certainty, based on the assumption we can know enough to plan reliably for the future.

But this kind of certainty just isn’t possible for the MDB. The Authority has come to the realisation that it is dealing with what is known as a “wicked problem”.

Wicked problems are those that have multiple interacting systems – physical, economic and social – a number of social and institutional uncertainties and imperfect knowledge.

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