Our region's progress

Why we track progress

The Regional NRM Plan sets targets for how the environment should be managed in the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin region. Our vision for the environment in our region is as ‘a healthy, living landscape meeting the social, environmental and cultural needs of the community, and ensuring the rights and wellbeing of future generations’.

To ensure that the environment is being managed in a way that will achieve this vision, it is important to monitor and regularly report on progress against these targets. This information enables us to assess whether:

  • the condition of natural resources are improving
  • we have been successful in implementing the NRM Plan
  • our projects are making a difference
  • we can improve what we are doing.

In the NRM Plan, targets have been set in five areas:

  • land – management of land resources
  • water – management of water resources
  • biodiversity – management of biodiversity
  • atmosphere – adaptation and mitigation of climate change
  • people – engagement of the community.

The 11 long term (20 year) Resource Condition targets (RCT’s) in the NRM Plan are ambitious, challenging in nature and provide a broad indicator of health across the region. The underlying intent of the RCT’s is sustainably managing the natural resources that are in good condition and improving those that are in a degraded condition.  

Details of these targets can be found in:Summary of long term RCT 

Progress so far

For each of the 11 RCT’s there is a detailed Resource Condition Monitoring framework that establishes the broad evidence the region needs to collect to be able to evaluate the regions current condition.

For each of the 11 RCT’s there is a detailed Resource Condition Monitoring framework that establishes the broad evidence the region needs to collect to be able to evaluate the regions current condition.

To be able to better understand our progress towards contributing to improved condition in the region we are currently undertaking sub regional planning in the form of the Regional Action Plan.  This process will identify  more local scale targets that will have shorter timeframes (three to five years) and represent ‘stepping stones’ of achievement toward improving the condition of the natural resources in the region.

For more information on our progress so far please contact: Renata Rix, Senior Project Officer Monitoring and Evaluation on 08 8391 7521

More information

  • Senior Project Officer, Monitoring and Planning
    Upper level, Corner Mann & Walker Street, Mount Barker SA 5251
    08 8391 7521
    renata.rix@sa.gov.au