Our region's progress
For highlights of the work undertaken and facilitated by Natural Resources Kangaroo Island on behalf of the KI NRM Board and Department of Environment and Water in 2018-19, please see our latest Achievement Report.
Why we track progress
The Kangaroo Island Strategic Natural Resources Management (KI NRM) Plan 2017-2027 sets the strategic direction for managing the Island’s natural resources for the benefit of its social, economic and environmental future.
The Kangaroo Island community along with state and federal funding bodies have an expectation that their investment in natural resources management, through the implementation of the Plan, will lead to desirable outcomes for the environment, society and economy. Demonstrating the results of investment in NRM and improving our management approach will be achieved through a commitment to structured monitoring and evaluation.
The KI NRM Plan spells out a strong commitment to learning and improvement. Developing a learning ‘culture’ requires a shift in mindset to one that sees the issues and uncertainties as opportunities to learn about the nature of those issues, to test solutions, monitor and reflect on the process and refine future management.
How we track progress
Monitoring has a central role to play in adaptive governance (also known as adaptive decision making) and adaptive management as it gathers the evidence needed to evaluate performance and test our assumptions of how social-ecological systems work. Evaluation needs to answer different questions at different levels and at different scales.
Questions that might be asked include:
- Were the proposed actions implemented as planned? (audit)
- Did the proposed actions lead to the changes predicted? (adaptive management)
- Are our strategies and objectives appropriate? (adaptive management)
- Was the delivery model effective? Were the right people involved? Was the governance structure appropriate? (adaptive governance).
Well formulated and articulated management questions will support a targeted monitoring program that can directly inform improvements and thereby the achievement of NRM goals and objectives. These questions need to be incorporated into the design of all programs/projects and tracked through specifically chosen Key Performance Measures (KPMs) that provide the necessary evidence to evaluate our performance and implement adaptive management and adaptive governance.
Evaluation at the regional level has a critical role to play in reviewing the KI NRM Plan’s goals, objectives and strategies, ensuring they continue to reflect the best available knowledge and understanding as well as the community’s vision for natural resources management in the region, while also reflecting our broader commitments to sustainability (e.g. conservation of nationally and globally threatened species). Effective monitoring and evaluation should trigger a review and amendment of the objectives if new information results in a fundamental change in the understanding of the dynamics of regional and subregional systems.
The KI NRM Boards 2018-19 Achievement Report highlights a depth of projects across the island that support agriculture and the environment, such as the Narrow-Leaved Mallee Restoration Project and Future Proofing Agriculture on KI Project; protect biodiversity and ecosystems, such as the Feral Cat Eradication Program and the on-going Animal and Plant Control Program and; caring for the Island's most vulnerable species, such as the Planning for the Future of the KI Dunnart Project and the on-going Glossy Black-Cockatoo Recovery Program.
Other achievements highlighted in the report include:
- 45,000 local native plants grown and sold to 271 customers through the KI Native Plant Nursery
- 358 feral animals controlled across 9,287 hectares
- 2,593 vehicles checked for biosecurity incursions prior to travelling to KI
- 30 landholders assisted with Water Affecting Activities development applications
- 11 watercourses surveyed to develop a hydro-ecological model for KI
The KI NRM Board's Achievement Report 2018-19 is the 11th report of its kind for the region and look set to be the last before the NRM board transitions into a Landscape Board under the recently enacted Landscape South Australia Act 2019.
The KI NRM Board's Achievement Report 2018-19: Working Together Achievement Report 2018 - 2019 can be downloaded here