What is NRM?

Natural resources management (NRM) is an approach that aims to work together with the community, industry and three tiers of government to manage the environment in a way that achieves a balance between our collective need for resources and the needs of the environment. 

The Aboriginal perspective of NRM is commonly known as ‘caring for country’ and is an integrated and holistic approach. For Aboriginal people, the environmental, economic, social and cultural aspects of NRM are not separate but are one, inextricably and seamlessly linked. In the Alinytjara Wilurara region, the NRM and caring for country approaches must be blended to achieve the best outcomes for the environment and communities.

The roles and responsibilities within NRM are legislated under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004. There are a number of key organisations involved in the implementation of this Act.

  • NRM Council

The NRM Council is the state wide body responsible for the implementation of NRM in South Australia. The NRM Council provides advice to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, prepares the State NRM Plan and works collaboratively to achieve its outcomes, and assists the Regional NRM Boards in developing their Regional NRM Plans.

  • NRM Boards

There are eight NRM regions in South Australia. Each has a Regional NRM Board that is responsible for the development of the Regional NRM Plan for that region. This Plan sets targets for the environment in the region. It is developed and delivered in partnership with the community and stakeholders and aims to ensure that there is a balance between the needs of people and the environment. 

  • Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara

Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara is the agency that delivers a diverse range of programs and projects on behalf of the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board.