Regional NRM Planning for Climate Change



Regional NRM Planning for Climate Change funding was provided to NRM Regions across Australia in 2013 to update their regional NRM strategies and to develop systems to identify where tree plantings could fit into the landscape without causing adverse impacts.

In recognition that there are varying capacities for NRM organisations to plan for the uncertainties of climatic conditions and identify those parts of the landscape suitable for biodiverse carbon plantings, the project also funded a number of organisations such as CSIRO, BOM, CENRM and AdaptNRM to provide support services to the regions.

The project was completed in 2015/16 and has achieved all of its overall objectives:

  • To update the Regional NRM Strategy to include climate change information and inform and assist all stakeholders in NRM decision-making and investment planning.
  • To ensure that the Strategy reflects the aspirations and priorities of the NRM/Landcare community, via transparent process and ongoing consultation.
  • To develop a publically accessible and user friendly interface (spatial) for the community to see the results of the strategy update and to inform their own future NRM decision making.

Specifically, two workshops were held, a poster presentation was made at the “Species on the Move” international conference in Hobart, and a presentation was made to the CCG and another was given at the inaugural South West Science Council’s conference.

The underlying datasets for the biosequestration planning were first updated to incorporate CMIP5 data, and then the datasets for all regional partners in the project were combined to make a holistic dataset for all NRM regions. A scientific report has also been produced by CENRM utilising the updated data.

The final updated Regional NRM strategy has been completely loaded on to the website,, and SWCC has now moved to having only this digital version of the strategy.

A number of posters and scientific reports were developed over the course of the project:

Finally, an independent evaluation of the project was also completed by Tuna Blue.

“Coping with climate change requires much more collaboration across organisations and boundaries, plus a move to a systems and whole of landscape approach.”

Bruce Hamilton, Lower Blackwood LCDC.


The project officially ended on 30 June 2016. It has however contributed towards the Twyfords Collaborative Governance process being implemented in 2016. It is hoped this will assist SWCC in developing a collaborative process for updating the Regional NRM Strategy on an annual basis in close collaboration with our regional partners.


Climate change is not a new concept. In1896, Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius was the first to say that burning fossil fuels may eventually result in global warming.


1 training workshop held for target groups and stakeholders


1 training workshop held for target groups and stakeholders


1 project evaluation complete


1 independent evaluation

Project Manager

Jodie Deeley and Mike Christensen

Key Partners

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