What is NRM?
Old man saltbush (Atriplex nummularia) is a common native Australian forage shrub which grows on saline and non-saline soils and provides a useful resource when other stock feed is scarce. Its drought tolerance has allowed it to be grown in areas of particularly low rainfall.
NATURAL resource management (NRM) is the restoration and preservation of our region’s unique natural assets – the land and water and the native flora and fauna that inhabit it. The goal is to achieve an environment strongly valued by present and future generations.
NRM defines how the community aspires to interact with the natural landscape, bringing together land use planning, waterway and coastal management, biodiversity conservation, cultural heritage and the sustainability of agriculture, mining, tourism, fisheries and forestry.
One of the core principles of NRM is the sustainable development and use of natural resources for human wellbeing, using science-based land management and environmental governance.
It acknowledges peoples’ livelihoods are reliant on the state of our region’s ecological, financial and social health, yet it also clearly ascribes that their actions as stewards have a critical role in maintaining this.
A set of dynamic and interrelated issues constantly challenge NRM - ecological and hydrological cycles, changes in climate and animal and plant interaction, competing demands for land-use and socio-economic and population changes all play their part.
Hence effective holistic management of natural resources must consider the direct outcomes as well as the unintended consequences of dealing with such complex and inter-dependent systems.