Natural Resource Management
WHAT IS NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR AGRICULTURE?
Natural resource management addresses technical, economic, political and social issues related to land, water, forests, grasslands, and other resources. Sustainable use of natural resources underpins all of our livelihoods, and community well-being. It is an important area of community concern, both domestically and internationally.
Successful management of natural resources involves sound technical practices, good policy, and often most importantly, collaboration between individuals and groups with different interests within a landscape. It combines environmental, social, economic and policy considerations, considered from local to global scales. (UQ)
Sustainable management of Australia’s broadacre and dairy industries involves maintaining the productivity of soils that are easily lost or damaged, in an environment subject to climatic extremes. (DAFF)
Natural Resource Management in Australia is synonomous with Landcare — the key national, regional and community driver for which natural resource management outcomes are delivered.
Landcare is a national network of over 4,000 community Landcare groups.
Landcare began in Victoria during the 1980's in response to salinity issues along the Murray River. The Landcare Award was created by the then Minister for the Environment in Victoria to award constituents who were tackling issues related to the environment.
Many of the original Landcarers were farmers — many primary producers are active participants in Landcare, with more than 40 per cent of farmers involved in Landcare (and many more practice Landcare farming approaches more informally). As well, the concept has grown in urban and coastal regions!