What is Landscape management?

The sustainable management of our precious landscapes – soil, water, pest plants and animals, and biodiversity – is the responsibility of all South Australians.

By working together we can support our landscapes to thrive and build resilience to, and recover from, natural disasters like drought and bushfire. Among other benefits, it also helps to promote prosperous long-term businesses, thriving native species and ecosystems and resilient communities.

The South Australian Government has reformed how our landscapes are managed by putting community at the heart of sustainably managing their regions’ natural resources, with the support and expertise of local landscape boards. View the policy overview (add link).

Underpinning this approach is the Landscape South Australia Act 2019 (the Act), which repealed the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 on 1 July 2020.

Eight regional landscape boards and a metropolitan board, Green Adelaide, administers the Act across nine landsape management regions.

The boards support local communities and land managers to be directly responsible for managing their region’s natural resources with an emphasis on land and water management, biodiversity and pest animal and plant control.

They also partner with government and regional communities to deliver a strong, back-to-basics system that’s autonomous and flexible in response to their regions’ needs.

Landscape Groups

District-based Landscape groups in regions provide an important link between local communities and the regional Landscape Board. The group members are local people who ensure that there is community input into the development and delivery of the Regional Plan. The groups also help people in the community to care for the environment and use the landscape sustainably by building awareness, skills and networks.