Challenges and opportunities for natural resource managers RSSA Journal Club – July 2012 Allan Holmes Chief Executive NRM reform in SA • One of the Minister’s priorities • Reform components − − − A new State NRM Plan Integration of regional delivery Renewed focus on community State NRM Plan 2012 – 2017 • More guiding, less prescriptive • Components: − − − − − A long-term vision 3 goals 10 guiding targets 10 priority actions to improve system NRM Standard State NRM Plan goals Goal 1 People taking responsibility for natural resources and making informed decisions Goal 2 Sustainable management and productive use of land, water, air and sea Goal 3 Improved condition and resilience of natural systems Challenges (opportunities?) • Getting the balance right − • People, production, conservation A new model of shared service delivery − − − Declining government resource base Accountability for levy spend Empowering communities or cost-shifting? Challenges (opportunities?) • New ways of working with community − Taking the time to get this right to achieve ‘community at centre’ Building non-science skills − Maintaining identity of Boards as link to community − • Aligning effort − Annual implementation plans: bringing together community and government priorities Challenges (opportunities?) • Understanding success − − − • Monitoring and evaluation The shifting role of science Performance improvement (NRM Standard) Political timeframes − What if a new government changes arrangements? And thinking further ahead… • Natural and productive landscapes will change over the next 50 years… − − − − − Climate change Competing land uses Greater recognition of the interconnectedness of issues Increasing pressures on natural resources Technological advancement What might NRM look like? • How will the relationship between people and natural systems change into the future? • How will changing landscapes be valued (and used)? • What societal preferences will determine trade-offs? • Will regions remain the optimal scale of management? • Will markets, voluntarism or regulation dominate as a management response? • Autonomous, empowered communities or … ?