The Arid Lands Landscape Board has launched a brand new five-year strategic plan, with climate change risks at the forefront.
The new plan details the board's priorities, including helping threatened species and ecosystem recovery, providing land managers with necessary information to mitigate climate change, and will guide its investment through to 2026.
The Landscape Board devised the new plan based on community feedback, with Presiding Member, Ross Sawers, saying the community was key through the drafting process.
The launch was held at the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens and attended by board employees and Minister for Environment and Water David Spears.
Minister Speirs says the historic reform is putting communities at the heart of resources management.
Major focuses of the new plan include:
- Providing land managers with the knowledge and skills they need to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
- Planning, research & leveraging infrastructure investment to support the use of groundwater.
- Maintaining hydrogeology to protect Great Artesian Basin springs and groundwater-dependent ecosystems.
- Addressing the threat of excessive total grazing pressure.
- Taking action for threatened species and ecosystem recovery.
- First Nations partnerships supporting cross-cultural knowledge sharing and landscape management outcomes.