Final report on Caring for our Country Review
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Joint media release
18 April 2012
The final report on the review of the Caring for our Country natural resource management initiative was released today.
The review found that Caring for our Country is on track to meet all of its goals and is supporting the community to protect and conserve our environment and increase the adoption of sustainable land management practices.
Caring for our Country commenced on 1 July 2008 and is investing more than $2 billion over its first five years to achieve an environment that is healthier, better protected and supports sustainable production in a changing climate.
The Australian Government initiated the review in late 2010 to consult widely with the community on what was working well under Caring for our Country and what could be improved in the future.
More than 4000 people and groups gave their time, experience and expertise to provide feedback that will shape the next phase of Australian Government investment in natural resource management, which will commence in July 2013.
The report notes the key role of the Australian Government in setting clear national priorities for natural resource management to ensure funded activities focus on what is most important, meet national and international obligations, and protect environment and production capacities for future generations.
It also acknowledges the important work of regional natural resource management bodies, Landcare groups and other community organisations.
Contributors recognised that the strength of Caring for our Country is the commitment and hard work of people and communities across Australia who play a vital role in delivering projects and ensuring national priorities are informed by local knowledge and expertise.
Details of the next phase of natural resource management delivery will be announced later in 2012.
It is clear people and organisations who contributed to the review are interested in continuing to be involved in shaping national resource management, particularly in linking national priorities to local on-ground action.
The Government will announce a process for further consultation mid-year.
The report was released by the departments of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
The Report on the Review of the Caring for our Country Initiative is available on the Caring for our Country website at www.nrm.gov.au .