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The Regional Plan reflects a landscape-scale, coordinated approach with a focus on Priority Areas that have been identified by the number of significant environmental assets as well as the level of interest and activity in the area. In this way we can link local passion and effort with an overarching strategic approach to managing key strategic environmental assets. We note that many of the environmental assets identified by the Rangelands community strongly align with the Australian Government’s outcomes including World Heritage sites, Ramsar wetlands, threatened species, threatened ecological communities, regenerative pastoralism, climate change and soil health and carbon sequestration.

The Regional Plan was first developed using the asset-based INFFER™ process incorporating analysis of social, economic and environmental factors. To strategically guide future investments, Rangelands NRM identifies a number of priority areas at the subregional level (Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Murchison, Goldfields-Nullarbor and the Desert). The Regional Plan provides a baseline on which to focus future opportunities, Rangelands NRM is acknowledging the political landscape, a dynamic environment with climatic extremes and our diverse population base.

The implementation of the plan is interactive and responsive–stakeholders, project partners and community members across the region have had and can continue to have input into the content and co-design of projects within Priority Areas; in this way, we can be confident that the work we are doing and supporting always stays relevant and meaningful to the people of the rangelands.

Priority Areas (blue) are based on assets & threats identified by the community as well as other criteria including climate change and social aspects. Priority Areas also reflect what is needed in the Region to conserve special environmental areas, nurture enthusiasm and involvement and address threats affecting environmental assets.

In 2017, Priority Areas were updated and developed using a 5 year timeframe (2017 – 2022) and are defined by having significant environmental assets, manageable threats and the willingness of a community to collaborate and be engaged, demonstrating strong leadership and having a sustainable vision for the area.

Due to the size of the Rangelands Region and the small and disperse population, the Regional Plan acts as a decision-making tool given regional natural resource management activity needs to be driven by regional, sub-regional and local land managers. The Rangelands NRM Regional Plan has a priority investment horizon to 2022.

The Regional Plan Priority Areas provides the foundation and captures the complexity to locate and design Rangelands NRM’s projects. The projects are designed and delivered with community partners and over time help the community to achieve multiple outcomes at landscape-scale. Strategic engagement occurs across projects, Priority Areas and the region.

Rangelands NRM project management and engagement system captures information from these activities in “real time”. This informs adaptive actions at project level and assists in monitoring the condition and linkages between projects, assets, threats, Priority Areas and the region.

The synthesis of new knowledge and current project outcomes will inform the 2022 review of the Regional Plan and any iterative critical updates.

To find out more about how to contribute to the plan, visit the Updating the Plan page or contact your Rangelands NRM staff member.