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SAMDB region

The landscapes of the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin region are of national and international significance.

The South Australian Murray-Darling Basin (SAMDB) region includes; the mighty River Murray, Lower Lakes and Coorong, extensive native vegetation on public and private lands, Ramsar sites, rangelands and a huge diversity of native species.  

The region is an important food bowl to the state, producing premium wine, food and fibre for the domestic and export markets and makes a significant contribution to the South Australian economy. Healthy soils, good quality water and healthy vegetation are vital in sustaining this production.

The region’s production and natural environments are co-dependent. They both support the local economy and make the region a great place to live. The SA Murray-Darling Basin region supports a population of approximately 125,000 people, which is nearly eight per cent of South Australia’s population.

The region covers more than 5.6 million hectares and extends from the Victorian and New South Wales borders to the catchment boundary along the Mount Lofty Ranges, from the rangelands in the north to the Murray Mallee and Murray Mouth in the south, and a 14km wide coastal strip of the Southern Ocean.

The SAMDB region is one of eight natural resources regions in South Australia and is governed by the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 (NRM Act 2004) which creates a regulatory framework for the management of the water, soil and biological assets of each natural resources management (NRM) region.

The NRM Act 2004 stipulates that a region requires a regional Board, who are to work with their community to prepare and implement a Regional NRM Plan. The Regional NRM Plan should outline the policies it will use to protect the environment and interests of the region.

The SAMDB Regional NRM Plan, through the sustainable use of natural resources, aims to support  environmentally sustainable development in the region and achieve an appropriate balance between environmental, social, economic and cultural outcomes. The SAMDB NRM Plan encourages a landscape approach to managing natural resources where social and ecological systems are considered together.

 The SAMDB Regional NRM Plan is the shared vision for natural resources management in the region. This vision is supported by a set of goals and Resource Condition Targets (the long-term outcomes sought) which provide direction for the management of natural resources in the Natural Resources SAMDB region for the next 15 years.

This Regional Action Plan (RAP) has been developed to guide the implementation of the SAMDB Regional NRM Plan by identifying NRM priorities and actions at a more localised scale.

The SAMDB Regional NRM Plan, through the sustainable use of natural resources, aims to support  environmentally sustainable development in the region and achieve an appropriate balance between environmental, social, economic and cultural outcomes. The SAMDB NRM Plan encourages a landscape approach to managing natural resources where social and ecological systems are considered together.