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, Water, and Natural Resources in 2016-17, 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.
Progress made under the region's first NRM plan
Natural Resources Kangaroo Island made good progress towards delivering on the KI NRM Plan 2009-2019. Achievements between 2009 and 2016 include:
- 183,000 tones of lime applied between 1998 and 2015
- 300 sprigs of seagrass were planted in the community restoration plot
- 605,000 seedlings planted for habitat restoration between 2005 -2015
- 6350 hectares of weeds controlled
- 105 creek crossings installed and 139 water-points relocated out of watercourses
- 676 invasive marine pests removed
- glossy black-cockatoo breeding recorded on the Dudley Peninsula for the first time since the 1970's
- feral goats and deer are on the verge of being eradicated
- KI feral cat eradication project has been established
- 51 ecological burns have improved the mosaic of vegetation age classes in an effort to address senescence of narrow-leaved mallee patches
- 290 farmers participated in NRM on-ground activities
- 18 Green Army team members worked on three, six month programs.
Details of our progress and achievements in natural resource management across KI can be found in the Working Together: achievements 2009-2016 report.