The July Reading Group discussed the development of the ten Victorian Regional Catchment Strategies (RCSs), particularly the different approaches that were adopted. Some CMAs, such as Goulburn Broken CMA and North East CMA, focussed on a resilience-based approach while others used a traditional asset-based approach, following the guidelines produced by the Victorian Catchment Management Council (VCMC) and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) more closely.
Some RCSs dealt strictly with natural resource management issues while others broadened their focus to include social and economic considerations. Across the state, there were different levels of clarity regarding priorities for investment.
Given the different approaches taken, the challenge will be in reporting on the implementation of the RCSs at the state-wide scale. It will also be important to evaluate the different approaches overtime.
The draft 2013-2019 Regional Catchment Strategies (RCS) have recently been released for public comment. The RCS is the key planning document that will set regional priorities for the future management of natural resources. Some of the strategies build on the ‘assets-based approach’, while others incorporate new and emerging ideas around resilience. The ‘resilience approach’ recognises that integrated catchment management requires flexibility, adaptation and consideration of the interconnections between people, places and their economic realities.
Join us at the next RBMS Reading Group to discuss how two very different Regional Catchment Strategies compare.