Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund

Product Name

Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund


Kilter Rural




Fund or Trust


Wholesale, Institutional

Certified Since


Asset Classes

Alternative assets


New Zealand, Australia

Investment Approaches

Sustainability themed, ESG Integration

It Includes:

  • Riaa icons 31 Sustainable water

It has some level of screening for:

    It fully excludes:

    • Riaa icons 41 Alcohol
    • Riaa icons 56 Animal cruelty
    • Riaa icons 36 Armaments
    • Riaa icons 33 Fossil fuels
    • Riaa icons 42 Gambling
    • Riaa icons 45 Genetic engineering
    • Riaa icons 52 Human rights abuses
    • Riaa icons 38 Labour rights violations
    • Riaa icons 34 Logging
    • Riaa icons 50 Nuclear power
    • Riaa icons 99 Pornography
    • Riaa icons 35 Tobacco


    The Murray Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund (the Fund) is the first investment vehicle in Australia to provide investors the opportunity to achieve multiple objectives of securing water for agriculture, realising a financial return and restoring threatened wetlands.


    Operating in the world’s largest water market, the Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund is the first water investment fund in Australia to address balanced environmental, agricultural, social and financial outcomes. The Fund’s water portfolio is managed by Kilter Rural, one of Australia’s largest water fund managers with more than $190 million of water assets under management.

    In October 2015 The Nature Conservancy Australia and Kilter Rural launched the Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund to provide water security for Australian farming families while protecting culturally significant wetlands that support threatened species. The Fund invests in permanent water rights in the Southern Murray-Darling Basin and allocates those rights in a smart way. When water is scarce and agricultural demand is higher, more water is made available to agriculture. When water is abundant and agricultural demand is lower, more water is allocated to wetlands. It is a win-win, aligning the interests of people and nature.

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