Call to Action

Day 3 Draft

We are in an unfolding environmental crisis.

 Acknowledging this we will be leaders beyond NRM and take action to

  1. Show the increasing risks we take and the true costs
  2. Build climate and landscape literacy across Australia
  3. Partner with Indigenous Australians, respecting knowledge and relationship with country
  4. Link to national and international initiatives to increase our impact
  5. Develop adaptation pathways with people
  6. Seize opportunities for positive transformations

We will do this working with Australia’s land managers and communities to create resilience in our people, industries and environments

The following pages pull together ideas from the 2019 conference to explain how.

The problem

  • “We are in an environmental emergency”
  • “If you are going to keep inviting me to a strategic workshop, I am going to keep on not coming”
  • “We have to show that our programs are working or the courage to say that they are not working”
  • “NRM – its time to transform” – what does that look like? How do we do it? Who does it? How do we become leaders in NRM?
  • “If you’re not prepared to change, you can’t expect others to!”

The Call to Action

Be curious, take risks, learn, and try again

  • Challenge the status quo
  • Work on imperfect solutions
  • Permission to innovate, permission to take risks and permission to fail – build a learning culture!
  • Bring Indigenous knowledge to the table as a science
  • Build a shared and growing ‘library’ of knowledges across the country
  • Co-design our research
  • Be common sense disruptors
  • Investigate options for regional carbon neutrality

 Make new friends – “mixed mob”

  • Look for common ground with ‘new’ others and build new partnerships
  • Create a shared language that includes everyone, beyond NRM
  • Continue to challenge ourselves to include people
  • Build on shared values for practice change

It’s a system – plan, implement and review in the systems way

  • Apply systems approaches to land use management
  • Collaborate with community to plan regionally – using the latest understandings of climate and adaptation to identify tipping points and responses and pathways
  • Bring agriculture and environment together at all scales (farm to government)
  • Build NRM capacity with Indigenous knowledge of systems
  • Build in social outcomes (on-farm, project and program level) and improve M&E to include social capital and barriers
  • Account for shocks/risks

NRMs – design to adapt

  • Apply a resilience approach to NRM sector (re- design and re-booting)
  • Diversify funding base and build new business models within the NRM sector
  • Prepare for transformation and take the windows of opportunity – after shock
  • Co-design our work
  • Increase access for Indigenous people into decision making
  • Create new business models with NRMs for carbon farming
  • Include Indigenous cultural heritage in NRM