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Southern Fleurieu

People:  Working together

Foundational Priority

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.

Who plays a role

  • Local Action Planning Groups
  • Local Government
  • Natural Resources SAMDB
  • Non-government organisations
  • NRM Groups
  • Volunteer Community Groups
  • Volunteering SA&NT

Strategies and Actions

Increase community awareness of natural resource management and the values our environment provides

  • Raise community awareness of natural resources management values, priorities, activities and opportunities in the Southern Fleurieu subregion 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

Increase community knowledge and skills in natural resource management

  • Build the capacity of natural resources managers to manage priority local NRM issues and adapt to change in the Southern Fleurieu sub-region by providing technical support such as information and training
  • Develop the knowledge and skills of volunteers and volunteer managers, including citizen scientists and catchment monitoring groups
  • Increase young people‚Äôs 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 participation in natural resource management

  • 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 Southern Fleurieu sub-region
  • Improve volunteer recruitment, recognition, retention and support in natural resources management (including citizen science) in addressing priorities in the Southern Fleurieu subregion
  • Build and maintain working partnerships to increase our collective impact

Increase Aboriginal participation and the protection of Aboriginal cultural values

  • 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 in 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