What would we (the community) like NRM institutional frameworks to look like in 20 years?
The future vision of the region is for an integrated natural resource management system that functions well to both create, and sustain communities. This vision relies on ‘good governance’ as a given, which is supported by a range of excellent communication tools. Core values of this system are: inclusiveness of all concerned parties, an active commitment to educate regional communities and stakeholders, and actions to build regional capacity to deliver and implement well planned NRM activities.
An integrated system in the future depends on what specific focus community and stakeholders give to how management in the region is, and will collectively affect, the quality of life for both present and future generations.
A well-functioning system will need to manage the way in which people and natural landscapes interact. It will need to bring together land use planning, water management, biodiversity conservation, energy efficiency, waste management and the future sustainability of industries like agriculture, energy, tourism, fisheries and forestry. It will need to ensure that people recognise and design their livelihoods based on protecting and enhancing the health and productivity of our landscapes.
Integrated natural resource management manages natural resources in a systematic way, which includes: multiple uses of natural resource assets (biophysical, socio-political, and economic) meeting production goals of producers and other direct users (e.g. food security, profitability, risk aversion) and addresses the goals of the wider community (e.g. environmental conservation, energy efficiency, poverty alleviation, welfare of future generations etc.). It focuses on sustainability and consequentially attempts to incorporate all possible stakeholders from the planning level itself, reducing possible future conflicts. This systematic approach will continue to develop aided by research in sustainable land use, participatory planning, sub catchment management, and adaptation strategies.
A future natural resource management system for the region will be better integrated and continue to be informed and supported by a scientific and technical understanding of resources and ecology and the life-supporting capacity of those resources. It will also be shaped by social and economic analyses based on ecological sustainable development principles and understandings.