Planning Principles

Our NRM Plan development is mostly funded through the Australian Government's Department of Environment "Stream 1 of the Regional Natural Resource Management Planning for Climate Change Fund" from 2013 to 2016. The guidelines for this project required Cape York NRM to adhere to a set of principles. These principles were developed through a Australian Government expert working group to ensure that regional NRM plans guide decisions and engage stakeholders in relation to carbon abatement and climate change. Below we have listed each principle and described the actions we took to ensure that we adhered to each of these principles.

Principle 1:

Plans identify priority landscapes for carbon plantings and strategies to build landscape integrity and guide adaptation and mitigation actions to address climate change impacts on natural ecosystems.

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Attribute A:

Planning processes identify opportunities and management strategies to maximise environmental benefits and landscape resilience, including bio-diverse plantings, wildlife corridors, landscape connectivity and protection of remnant vegetation

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Attribute B:

Planning processes recognise, provide guidance to avoid and mitigate potential risks and adverse impacts associated with carbon sequestration in the landscape, including impacts to biodiversity, water resources and production systems

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Attribute C:

Planning processes identify priority landscapes for potential carbon sequestration opportunities, mitigation and adaptation in the context of improving landscape connectivity, resilience and wildlife corridors

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Principle 2:

The planning process is logical, comprehensive, and transparent

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Attribute A:

Planning processes consider previous planning and are consistent with relevant jurisdiction specific planning requirements

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Attribute B:

Planning processes are informed by a clear understanding of the regional stakeholder and community aspirations and objectives

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Attribute C:

Planning processes demonstrate a clear understanding of the regional NRM organisation’s business, roles and responsibilities

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Attribute D:

Planning processes show evidence of cooperation for cross-regional climate change impacts and land use planning

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Attribute E:

Adaptive planning responds to new information and guides improvements as knowledge improves

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Attribute F:

Planning processes use information at an appropriate scale to spatially identify priority areas in the landscape for carbon sequestration projects and environmental co-benefits

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Attribute G:

Planning processes demonstrate adaptive planning that responds to current and anticipated climate change research and additional information

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Principle 3:

Plans use best available information to develop actions and are based on collaboration with government, community and other stakeholders

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Attribute A:

Plans demonstrate strategic alignment with relevant state and Commonwealth NRM policies (such as urban and regional planning, matters of National Environmental Significance, National Water Initiative and the National Wildlife Corridors Plan)

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Attribute B:

Plans meaningfully engage community and stakeholders

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Attribute C:

Where relevant, plans identify roles and responsibilities for partners in the region

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Attribute D:

Plans integrate biophysical, socio-economic and climate change information to fine tune strategies for improving landscape connectivity, function and resilience

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