what is natural resource management?

Natural resource management (NRM) is an integrated approach to caring for our natural assets.

It takes account of human activities and natural processes to make sure they are balanced and carefully managed for the best outcomes for today’s needs and for future generations, right across the South Coast region.

Our natural assets are our soils, water and air. They also include our ocean, biodiversity and our unique plants and wildlife, many of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Our living assets are impossible to replace, and the natural assets they rely on are expensive to repair – our best solution is to protect and improve what we have now.

Our communities play an important role in effective NRM. Our social and cultural assets are the individuals, communities, organisations and social networks that drive and support sustainable natural resource management and the protection of our Aboriginal cultural heritage.

  1. adapt to changes in climate, economic and market conditions,
  2. manage threats to water and ocean quality and soil health,
  3. control pest animals, weeds and diseases,
  4. manage fire regimes, waste and pollution and
  5. protect and enhance our native vegetation and habitat for our wildlife.

about us

South Coast NRM promotes resilient communities by providing solutions for a healthy and productive environment across the region. These protect and improve 

The South Coast NRM region is renowned for its spectacular landscapes and magnificent coastline and is internationally recognised as being part of one of the world’s 34 biodiversity ‘hot-spots’. Careful strategically planned and appropriate on-ground activities are essential in protecting the South Coast’s future.

Much of our region’s wealth and wellbeing relies on our natural resources, and the benefits they bring through essential ecological services that enhance production and profitability. Effective management of our natural resources helps agriculture, tourism, fisheries and forestry, and other rural industries to achieve the best management practices to:

our natural assets.  We are committed to ensuring the Region enjoys sustainable resources, unpolluted water and air, healthy soils, unspoilt coastal and marine environments in an area rich in biodiversity and cultural heritage. Our strategies are based on sound science, combined with long standing regional partnerships which draw on local and Aboriginal knowledge and community values.  We support a collective cultural and social vision for the region, based on achieving equity and empowerment for our communities through increased understanding of natural resource management and identifying and resolving conflicts of interest.

Natural Resource Management (NRM) is the sustainable management of natural resources, including land, water, marine and biological systems, that underpins social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing for current and future generations.

South Coast NRM is a community based, independent, not-for-profit organisation that works with the community and stakeholders to maintain and improve a healthy and productive environment for the long-term benefit of communities within the South Coast region.

South Coast NRM is one of a collective of natural resource management organisations covering the whole of Australia that are committed to achieving positive social and economic outcomes and the sustainable long-term management of the natural environment. The expertise and experience of South Coast NRM and its stakeholders and partners plays a vital role in informing funding and resource decisions and coordinating on-the-ground actions to effect positive change.