What is NRM?
NRM – Natural Resource Management is the wise management of all activities that use, conserve and/or develop our natural resources including air, water, land, plants, animals and microorganisms, and the systems they form. It is a long-term process that focuses on making balanced decisions together in order to satisfy livelihoods for all.
How does it affect me?
We all use natural resources to sustain our lifestyles including the soil our food comes from, the water we drink, the air we breathe, so we all share a responsibility to use these wisely. Participation in NRM, however, is VOLUNTARY. People get involved in NRM because they want to live in a healthier and more sustainable world and make sure their children and grandchildren can too.
Will I lose control of what I can do on my land?
No, NRM is voluntary. Surprisingly, you may already be involved in managing natural resources as you go about your daily work. Keeping streams clean, saving water in the home and on the farm, fencing off your bush, are just a few of the many ways to take care of our island home. NRM has no regulatory role and is not enforceable.
Is NRM compulsory by law?
NRM does not replace existing policies and processes such as Tasmania Together, the Regional Forest Agreement and local government planning schemes. The Tasmanian Resource Management and Planning System still provides the overarching legislative framework for natural resource management and for planning and development control. NRM integrates the elements of the RMPS and deals with aspects of natural resource management that are not covered by legislation.
NRM is targeted at maintaining and enhancing the regional natural resource assets, not only for the sustainable use of resources in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, recreation and tourism, but also to maintain their ecosystem services and other values.
Is NRM based on science?
NRM decisions and actions are based on the most recent scientific data available and are guided by the following scientific principles.
Ecosystem approach – Natural resource management should be based on an understanding of the relationship between natural resources and the ecosystems they support, and upon careful monitoring of change over time.
Priority based – Natural resource management actions are to be undertaken according to priorities that are based on the best available science and information, and relevant experience, as well as on assessment of the relative cost-effectiveness of various options.
Prevention is better than cure – It is often more efficient to prevent damage rather than repair it. Therefore, where there are threats of serious or irreversible environmental damage, lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing measures to prevent environmental degradation.
How can I get involved?
There are many ways you can get involved:
Join your local Landcare, Coastcare, or ‘friends of’ group or think about setting one up in your community.
Talk to your family and neighbours about what you can do at home or in the neighbourhood to look after our environment.
Think about funding or applying for funding to carry on on-ground works, to generate awareness, for planning or resource assessment studies.
Learn more about the environment.
Contact your regional NRM organisation for more assistance.
Will NRM adversely impact on my business?
No, it can have the opposite effect. NRM can help improve the productivity and profitability of your industry by improving the quality and sustainability of the resource base, such as water and soil health.
How does what we’re doing now link to what’s happened?
NRM has moved from largely locally based projects to planned environmental investment on a regional scale. Community ownership and action is maintained through the establishment of community driven regional NRM committees, which are responsible for developing and implementing regional strategies. These strategies build on the work of local groups and there will be continued support for local work through the Federal programs but the emphasis of major initiatives is at the regional level. This is in the recognition of the need for an integrated and long-term approach to the management of natural resources.
Is NRM just for farmers?
No. NRM is for everyone. We depend on natural resources in every part of our lives - the water we drink, the air we breathe, the land that produces our food. As everyone uses natural resources we share a responsibility to look after these now and into the future.
How does NRM affect recreational users?
NRM is about taking care of our environment and each other. Outdoor recreational activities, such as fishing, kayaking and hiking, are a central part of many people’s lives. Having healthy natural spaces enrich our recreational experience so minimising disturbance and working towards repairing sensitive environments are important ways for recreational users to take part in NRM.