The National NRM Regions’ Working Group issued a statement in October 2010 stressing the critical role of landcare and other community groups who volunteer to restore and protect land water and biodiversity assets. Our definition includes “bushcare”, “coastcare”, “friends of” “agroforestry”, and “agribusiness” groups.
Collective local volunteer action has been a cornerstone of approaches to managing natural resources since the late 1980s. The National NRM Region’s Working Group believes that support for group action:
- helps secure long-term attitudinal changes in communities, building social capital, and invoking sustainable behaviour in production and consumption; and
- leverages (for every $1 invested at least $3 in value contributed) government investment with labour and land for conservation, and their work has flow-on benefits in regional economies.
In 2012 the National NRM Regions’ Working Group signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Landcare Network that set out a common objective of:
Fostering communities that are aware, engaged and active in ensuring Australian landscapes are healthier, better protected, better managed, more resilient and provide essential ecosystem services in a changing world.
The Statement outlined collaborative approaches between regional NRM bodies and the NLN in supporting this objective. A copy of the Statement can be downloaded here: Statement of Common Purpose REVISION 20131008 Final