Key issues and goals as we work together to manage risk, maintain or improve our institutional frameworks.
Community representation with demonstrated skills and expertise in NRM is needed to maintain and improve natural resource asset function. An NRM institutional framework must continue to develop policies and practices based on scientific evidence and local, cultural and in the field technical knowledge. NRM procedures, practices and structures, which keep up to date with and analyse key scientific information, monitoring data and research evidence will need to design achievable actions.
Implementing collaborative and integrated NRM activities and projects will grow the region’s knowledge and information base, skills and expertise, and encourage a corporate culture where sustainable development is normal practice. Being accountable to community and process is essential. Evidence based outcomes will be achievable on biophysical, social, economic and governance matters, with ongoing and strategic monitoring feedback.
Mitigation and adaptation strategies for climate change will need to be embedded in NRM planning processes. This will include engineered and technological options, integrated within existing programs such as disaster risk management and water management. Recognition of the value of social, institutional, and ecosystem-based measures and of the extent of constraints to adaptation also needs to increase.
Responding to climate-related risks involves decision making in a changing world, with continuing uncertainty about the severity and timing of climate-change impacts and with limits to the effectiveness of adaptation (high confidence). Iterative risk management is a useful framework for decision making in complex situations characterised by large potential consequences, persistent uncertainties, long timeframes, potential for learning, and multiple climatic and non-climatic influences changing over time.
The complexity of adaptation actions across scales and contexts means that monitoring and learning are important components of effective adaptation. A successful audit model will therefore support the collection and reporting of information to inform and adapt actions as well as meeting government and funding bodies’ administration requirements.
NRM bodies and programs will need to be well resourced, and advocate for and support collaborative local and global sustainable development.
Key issues to improving Institutional Frameworks in the region
In addition to these items, please also refer to the Aboriginal and Traditional Owners’ Interests and Cultural Assets section, for details about the strategies and desired outcomes within the QMDC Regional Caring for Country Plan, of relevance to Institutional Frameworks.