Investment Plan Overview
There are three main investment themes in the Plan – Biodiversity, Sustainable Agriculture, and Aboriginal NRM. Each theme is underpinned by objectives, and identifies priority actions for which ACT NRM will seek funding and collaboration.
This Plan recognises that in many cases, achieving outcomes will require integration of actions across themes. For example, supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community to work on Country could provide benefits to biodiversity. Similarly, protecting native vegetation and biodiverstiy on farms can result in agricultural production benefits.
Water is a critical component of NRM. This plan recognises that investment planning for water is well advanced through the new ACT and Region Catchment Management Strategy and other complementary planning processes. The ACT NRM Investment Plan aligns with, but does not seek to duplicate, integrated catchment planning in the ACT and region.
Factors Considered in Identification of Themes, Objectives and Actions
The Biodiversity, Sustainable Agriculture and Aboriginal NRM themes reflect the core focus of ACT NRMs work – delivering national NRM priorities at the local level. This alignment of effort is illustrated in the Strategic Investment Framework diagram.
A number of criteria have been used to determine the objectives and actions to be delivered under the ACT NRM Plan:
- linkages and alignment with national and international NRM priorities
- addressing a problem, gap or need in delivery of NRM
- potential to enhance or complete long term investments (eg woodlands restoration)
- acknowledging community interest and capacity.
Guiding Principles for Delivery of the ACT NRM Plan
- outcomes based funding
- regional governance to ensure effective financial oversight, adaptive management and participatory decision-making
- community-led action to achieve outcomes and drive NRM priorities with multiple participation pathways
- high quality meaningful partnerships to identify goals and integrated multi-beneficial outcomes
- programs and priorities driven by best available knowledge and data, cross-referenced with community interest and capability to ensure confidence in achieving outcomes
- ongoing performance evaluation to inform adaptive management