Future strategic investment into natural resource management within the Avon River Basin is essential to assist the community to maintain the health and prosperity of the natural environment. The Regional NRM Strategy for the region enables and guides NRM investment.
It is based not just on the science but reflects also the community values and objectives. The Strategy seeks to identify the priorities for all those working in the NRM sphere in the Wheatbelt. Collective action is likely to have the most significant and long lasting influence in achieving NRM outcomes. In achieving this objective, the Strategy:
- Reflects community views
- Integrates current scientific knowledge
- Describes system elements (stressors, land management and resource impacts)
- Defines resource condition where possible
- Identifies pressure points and gaps
- Defines an appropriate response
This current Regional NRM Strategy incorporates principles of resilience and adaptive management in considering the environmental, socio- economic and political landscape influencing NRM within the Wheatbelt region. Adaptive management approaches have been successfully applied to NRM in Australia and overseas cross a wide range of environments (Hauser & Possingham 2008. Brodie et al. 2007, Australian Forestry 2011, LWA 2009, ICEWRM 2011. Gilmour et al. 1999).
The adoption of a systems based approach for reviewing the Wheatbelt Regional NRM Strategy was intended to provide a fresh perspective and avoid the constraints associated with the development of previous strategies.
The detailed Systems Analysis that informed this Strategy can be found here.