NRM regional organisations’ support of the Australian Government’s Emission Reductions Fund is helping to boost farmer engagement and profitability, generate co- benefits, and reduce the negative impact and risk of non-delivery of emission-reduction projects.
The community in the Strathbogie Ranges has identified action priorities to build on the momentum of regional climate change plans to help their community and environment adapt to climate change and build resilience in an uncertain future.
The NRM Spatial Hub is a web-based tool that helps rangeland graziers decide how to optimise their grazing land management by bringing together map, satellite and grazier knowledge. Users say it can measurably improve their properties’ productivity, profitability and sustainability. It is a great example of how the regional NRM network works with partners to leverage funding and deliver results for land managers.
With health attributes and food preservation qualities, the bush tucker fruit Kakadu Plum has become a valuable crop for indigenous Australians who have co-designed harvesting protocols to ensure the growing industry is environmentally sustainable and in their control.
The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and NRM South in Tasmania’s southern region are collaborating to share expertise in NRM management and support local and national project initiatives.
In February 2009, the Black Saturday Bushfires devastated large areas north of Melbourne; destroying 255, 417 hectares of land and claiming 173 lives. Following the fires, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and local Landcare groups worked closely to support the recovery of the community and the natural environment. The local knowledge and networks provided critical understanding about individual land holders and their capacity to engage and participate in external programs.
In 2007, due to increasing concern that the Warru were facing extinction, the Warru Recovery Team formed. This team combines the knowledge and skills of the traditional owners with Western science and ground breaking species recovery activities. The team includes traditional owners of the APY Lands, the communities of Kalka, Pipalyatjara, Pukatja and Kenmore Park on the APY Lands, state and federal Governments, APY Land Management, the University of Adelaide, Adelaide Zoo and private ecologists.
The Reef Alliance is a partnership that works to protect and maintain the health/function of the Great Barrier Reef. Since 2008, agricultural industry groups, regional NRM organisations and rural land managers have been delivering the Reef Programs, with support via the conservation sector. These innovative programs integrate incentives, agricultural extension, research and adaptive landscape planning to improve the adoption of agricultural practices that deliver water quality, rural production and rural economic business benefits in the GBR lagoon catchments.
Natural resource management doesn’t stop in the country. It makes Australia’s cities better and healthier places to live. It connects people with each other, their communities and the natural living world around them. It also plays a role in ensuring the health of water ways and urban natural spaces that can provide important habitat. Greater Sydney Local Land Services partnered with Golf NSW Ltd to deliver a three-year project to protect native vegetation, reduce the impact of weeds and invasive pests, and link important vegetation corridors across the Sydney region.
Innovation and collaboration
NRM is based on partnerships and dynamic collaborations that give life to innovation.
With over 100,000 people engaged and more than 35 years’ experience in land management, the 56 NRM regional organisations are built on collaboration and partnerships, and are uniquely placed to respond to opportunities and create innovations across Australia. It’s our collaborations and partnerships at the regional level that underpin our capacity to develop and share skills and knowledge and to innovate, resulting in a robust, strong and united approach to regional growth and land management Australia-wide.
Weeds and pest animals cost agriculture $5 billion every year. Many effective and cost-efficient bio-control agents are available or are in the pipeline. The NRM community is in a prime position to advance the delivery of innovative new biological control agents of weeds and pest animals to reduce their devastating impact on Australian agriculture.
Fert$mart has produced farm gate profit improvements for Tasmanian dairy farmers by providing accurate soil nutrient maps and advice on changes to fertiliser regimes. To support dairy farms in Tasmania, Dairy Tas and Cradle Coast NRM collaboratively developed a program to improve soil nutrient management in dairy pastures. The success of this trial has led to the program being introduced across Tasmania.