“Cultural Flows” are water entitlements that are legally and beneficially owned by the Nations of a sufficient and adequate quantity and quality to improve the spiritual, cultural, natural, environmental, social and economic conditions of those Nations. These are our inherent rights.”
-MLDRIN Echuca Declaration, 2007
Cultural flows are recognized in the Murray Darling Basin Plan. Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations are working with the Commonwealth and the States to deliver culturally appropriate water flows. MLDRIN defined Cultural Flows as a way of translating Indigenous people’s water rights, needs and aspirations into the language of modern water management.
MLDRIN is a key partner in the National Cultural Flows Research Project. This project aims to secure a future where Indigenous water allocations are embedded within Australia’s water planning and management regimes, delivering cultural, spiritual, social, environmental and economic benefit to communities in the Murray-Darling Basin and beyond.
You can learn more about the Project by visiting their website National Cultural Flows Research Project.