This discussion paper is designed to help inform a review of the government’s major natural resource management initiative, Caring for our Country.
Under Caring for our Country, the government is investing $2 billion over five years. The long term objective of the initiative is to achieve an environment that is healthy, better protected, well-managed, resilient, and provides essential ecosystem services in a changing climate.
As of 30 November 2010, over $1.7 billion has been committed to support new projects involving farmers, Indigenous groups, regional natural resource management organisations, Landcare and other volunteer environmental groups across Australia. Significant achievements so far include Reef Rescue, which is improving the quality of water runoff into the reef, the establishment of a national network of regional Landcare facilitators, progress in combating the impacts of cane toads and camels, and the expansion of the Indigenous Protected Area network, including the employment of hundreds of new Indigenous rangers.
The initiative is heading towards the final two years of its current funding cycle and the Australian Government is reviewing its efficiency, effectiveness and appropriateness. We are seeking your views about Caring for our Country; whether it has met its objective and what issues we may need to consider in developing future options for natural resource management programs.
This discussion paper highlights some common topics raised by stakeholders to date, or that we have identified from our experience with the initiative. It is not intended to include a definitive or finalised list of issues or themes. It is a starting point to help you get involved and provide us with your input.
The discussion paper will not be your only opportunity to comment on Caring for our Country. Other opportunities include key stakeholder meetings and an open invitation to provide feedback through the review email address (email@example.com) or the Caring for our Country Review information line at 1800 003 562 (toll-free).