Local Area Coordination integrates natural resource management activity at catchment or landscape level. It protects and enhances natural values through working in close partnership with local government in the delivery of natural resource management projects and in actively involving the community in managing the local environment.
The program delivers landscape-scale planning, capacity building activities and on-ground works in five priority areas. In each area NRM South has developed a partnership with local government to deliver a coordinated natural resource management program addressing agreed local targets. Our input and involvement includes supporting local coordination, direct funding of on-ground activities, providing knowledge and data, and initiating monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement processes.
The Priority Areas were identified through sub-regional consultation during 2007 and program implementation began in late 2008. Prioritization was determined against several criteria, including: National/State/regional significance, timeliness/time criticalness for investment, current resource condition, stakeholder and community capacity to deliver, potential for achieving multiple outcomes and identified need/priority. A key mechanism for program delivery is local coordination. NRM South provides support for local coordination in our priority areas.
Our current Priority Areas are:
- Swan-Apsley/Little Swanport
- Mountain to Marine (incorporating Mt Wellington to Bruny Island and surrounds)
- Upper Derwent/Highland Lakes