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Guiding principles used in developing the Regional Action Plan

The following principles were used to guide the development of the Regional Action Plan (RAP):

  • Value based
    The RAP aims to reflect people’s values and what is important to them about the landscapes they live in, the lifestyles they lead and their livelihood.
  • Systems thinking
    An approach recognising that people and environmental ‘assets’ such as soil, water and biodiversity, interact and influence one-another within dynamic systems, known as ‘social-ecological systems’. When responding to issues affecting our natural resources, we need to consider the context of where they occur, why they occur, and the community’s capacity to address them.
  • Resilience thinking
    Building the capacity of our environment and our communities to withstand shocks and disturbances (for example natural disasters, market shifts and climate change) and to adapt to change so communities can continue to provide the functions/services we value, requires a resilience thinking mindset.
  • We work on the right things
    Time and money is limited so we need to prioritise our investment. This plan considers the priorities of different NRM issues according to their relative impact on the things that we all value. Wherever possible the cause of the issue is addressed, not the symptoms.
  • Collaboration
    By working together, we can achieve greater outcomes that are longer-lasting.
  • Evidence based
    An aim to use the best available knowledge in making decisions.