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Frequently asked questions

How do I use it?

We've developed a Quick Guide showing you the basic features and functions of the Regional Action Plan online tool.

Who is the plan for?

The Regional Action Plan (RAP) provides information that can be used by a range of individuals, groups and organisations with an interest in NRM, at local and regional scales, to guide investment priorities, inform project planning, form new partnerships, and identify areas of shared interest. The RAP will assists the implementation of the SA Murray-Darling Basin Region’s 10 year strategic Natural Resources Management Plan by identifying natural resources management (NRM) priorities and actions at a localised scale.

Who developed the plan? 

Staff members from Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin coordinated the development of the Regional Action Plan on behalf of the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board, with the involvement of many natural resources management organisations and delivery partners. 

Why did we need another plan? 

The new Plan is built to better reflect the social, economic and ecological values of our region with each sub-region uniquely identifying its priorities at a more local scale. Doing so, improves our confidence to choose which activities are more important than others. The Plan is also required to be reviewed every 5 years under the NRM Act (2004) to ensure investment choices are made with the best information available.   

How were priority levels determined?

The NRM issues identified within each subregion were assessed by Technical Planning Groups made up of experts in the areas of biodiversity, water (including water management planning and wetland management), and agricultural production. Issues were discussed and scored (by consensus) using the following criteria:

  • severity of impact (on a specified value)
  • extent
  • urgency
  •  future risk, and
  •  stakeholder consensus (agreement on impacts of the issue).

As a result, issues which appear in multiple subregions may be scored differently if they are more or less severe in different subregions.  

What are the subregion areas based on?

The eleven subregions of the SA Murray-Darling Basin reflect social-ecological systems; that is, areas of common social, cultural, economic and political conditions that contribute to a shared sense of community, and a shared range of environmental values. Social-ecological systems recognise the interaction of people and the environment. These were mapped with the help of SAMDB group members, Local Action Planning group staff, state government staff and other community representatives from local councils in the region.

Why is the same issue listed more than once in some subregions?

Some issues appear more than once within a subregion, where they have different impacts on different values. For example, pest animals might have an impact on farms and sustainable production values, but also have impacts on biodiversity values. Some issues will also have different priority levels depending on the values affected.  

Why aren’t there any actions for many low priority issues? 

Due to the sheer size of the task involved in workshopping the various issues to develop actions, the decision was made to focus on the highest priority issues first, to be able to formulate the Regional Action Plan in a timely manner. The intent is to keep working on developing actions for all issues, as time allows. 

Why is it important to know the potential barriers to addressing a particular issue? 

There may be social, financial, or technical barriers to change that explain why many issues have not already been addressed. Understanding what these barriers are is important if they are to be overcome, and helps us tailor projects to improve their effectiveness.

What do these issues, priorities and actions mean for me, in my work?

There are many natural resource issues across this region that we (the collective community) would like to manage. If everyone shares a common understanding of what the issues are, what the priorities are, and how we can work towards addressing them together, we are more likely to succeed in reducing their impacts.  The plan may assist you to identify opportunities to work with other contributors, to develop joint projects and work collaboratively for better natural resource outcomes.

Are these the only actions needed?

The actions outlined in the Regional Action Plan were identified collectively, in workshops with our stakeholders and staff. They offer a starting place for project design. There may be other actions that have not been identified, which are just as important. The RAP is a living plan, and we would be grateful for the addition of other actions we should consider. Please use the Contact Us page to send feedback.

How will the RAP be used to guide investment in the region?

The Regional Action Plan is a decision support tool that shows what and where action needs to occur to protect natural resources in the SA Murray Darling Basin Region. It is designed to be used alongside other tools, to assist stakeholders in deciding what to invest in and where to focus that effort. For more information about how the Board is using the RAP to guide its investment, see the section of this website regarding implementation.

How do I make comments or provide feedback?

You can fill out the feedback form online, or if you have detailed feedback that requires a discussion, please use the Contact Us details to get in touch with Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin and ask to speak to one of the Planning and Evaluation team.

The RAP is an updateable plan. How and when will feedback be incorporated?

Corrections and minor edits will be made by Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin staff regularly on a needs basis. Significant changes, prompted by internal review or stakeholder feedback, such as amending priority issues or major changes to strategies and actions for example, shall be considered by a technical planning group and may be subject to broader stakeholder consultation. These, along with any broadscale improvements to web functionality would likely occur at a minimum 1, to maximum 3 years from the Plan’s release date.