What is this issue
Community awareness, knowledge and participation in natural resource management.
Impacts of this issue
People are at the heart of natural resources management. They are stewards of the environment, and benefit from the goods and services a healthy environment provides.
Whether living, working or visiting the SA Murray-Darling Basin region, the people who depend on and influence the natural resources of the region are recognised under the value of People. We all have a role to play in managing our natural resources.
By working together, we can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our actions and have a greater collective impact. Effective natural resources management (NRM) requires informed and empowered communities.
For more information on the principles of engagement to guide project planning and development refer to the Implementation page. The strategies and actions to support working together are explored below.
- Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
- Indigenous Business Australia
- Indigenous Land Corporation
- Local Action Planning Groups
- Local Government (Mid Murray Council, Barossa Council)
- Nature Play SA
- Non-government organisations
- NRM Groups
- SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board
- Traditional Owners
- Volunteer Community Groups
- Volunteering SA & NT
- Raise community awareness of natural resources management values, priorities, activities and opportunities in the Lower Lakes and Coorong sub-region using communication and engagement approaches that are appropriate to the local community and key stakeholders
- Provide opportunities for the broader community (including young people) to connect with nature
- Build the capacity of natural resources managers to manage priority local NRM issues and adapt to change in the Central Ranges sub-region by providing technical support (information, training etc.)
- Develop the knowledge and skills of volunteers and volunteer managers, including citizen scientists and catchment monitoring groups
- Increase young people’s understanding of, and participation in NRM in order to change behaviour in relation to NRM
- Support (maintain and develop) landholder and community networks to improve collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and resources
- Increase community involvement (including young people) in NRM decision making processes that are relevant to them
- Identify and address key barriers to community participation and practice change for priority issues in the Central Ranges sub-region
- Improve volunteer recruitment, recognition, retention and support in natural resources management (including citizen science) in addressing priorities in the Central Ranges sub-region
- Build and maintain working partnerships to increase our collective impact
- Increase awareness, understanding, and respect for Aboriginal culture with NRM staff, the NRM community, and the broader community, including school students and youth
- Increase the participation of Aboriginal people in NRM (including planning, decision-making, capacity building and employment)
- Protect and restore Aboriginal cultural sites and assets, including Aboriginal heritage, cultural knowledge and practices, and culturally significant species