SWCC’s Strategy

What is the Strategy?

The South West Regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) Strategy 2012–20 is a plan for community-based NRM in the region. It provides a strategic framework for the future management, protection, rehabilitation and improvement of the region’s natural resources based on the latest available information.

Where the Strategy sits.

Role of the South West Catchments Council

The strategy has been developed in accordance with the defined roles, responsibilities and principles that guide how the South West Catchments Council (SWCC) operates, whilst also providing guidance to SWCC’s partners and other NRM organisations in the region.

The roles and responsibilities of SWCC are multi-faceted, but are best described through the organisation’s vision and mission.

SWCC’s vision reads:

“Our natural environment will be dynamic, bio-diverse, productive and resilient. It will be adapting and thriving. As a community, we will balance productive use with the protection of our natural environment, and recognise and retain inherent environmental values for the benefit of future generations.”

This vision is supported by SWCC’s mission to:

  • Be community change-makers on behalf of the natural environment;
  • Facilitate community ownership of natural resource management;
  • Safeguard, conserve and rehabilitate ecosystems and environments;
  • Coordinate human NRM systems and structures;
  • Advance the environment to the highest priority; and
  • Strive for best practice in everything SWCC does.

In summary:

 “ Working together to make a difference today and develop a sustainable environment for tomorrow”

Role of partners

This strategy recognises that community-based NRM can only be successful if all stakeholders at all levels are involved wherever possible. These include a wide range of professional and non-professional organisations and individuals. These stakeholders were involved in the preparation of this strategy.

Why does SWCC have a Strategy?

The update of the strategy is to provide guidance to the South West Catchments Council (SWCC), our NRM partners and stakeholders on the priority actions needed to deal with identified key threats impacting on priority natural resource assets across the region, including projected impacts of a changing climate on those assets and threats.

The strategy seeks to balance environmental, economic and social objectives while encouraging partnerships between all stakeholders (Halpert et al. 2013).

The second update to the strategy has been drawn up using existing baseline information in the strategy while also incorporating some information relating to the changing climate and its projected effects on these assets.

The Strategy identifies:

  • the priority areas where management action is required (the assets);
  • the key threats that impact on these;
  • the proposed management actions identified as being the most suitable to address the key threats; and
  • the projected effects a changing climate may have on these and how this may affect the identified priorities.

These priority areas for action are grouped under the following six broad headings, termed theme areas:
1. Terrestrial biodiversity
2. Aquatic biodiversity
3. Water resources
4. Land resources
5. Coasts and the marine environment
6. Communities and culture

For further information under these themes, please refer here.

This website will continue to be updated over the following months with a final strategy document scheduled for release later this year. Changing Climate Community consultation information that has been obtained from the workshops, using the systems approach, will be incorporated into this website.

The projected effects of a changing climate on the region and its priority assets is being incorporated into this website, utilising the information that is being provided by the University of WA Centre of Excellence in NRM (CENRM) and analysed through a series of consultancies funded by SWCC. The latest climate change projections from CSIRO and BoM can be found here.