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1 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t National Land & Water Resources Audit 1997 to 2008 Blair Wood, Executive Director, Warwick McDonald, Technical Director, Colin Creighton, Executive Director,

2 Our Philosophy 1.Get the question right 2.Get the right information 3.Get the science right 4.Deliver benefits and legacy

3 Build the infrastructure for continuing assessment What is the… health and trend of Australias natural resources? effectiveness of program investments in nrm? If we want to be able to undertake successive assessment of the condition of our natural resources and assess why they are changing What information do you need to collect? Getting agreement to collect How do you manage it? How do you report condition and trend? Audit 1 Audit 2

4 What information to collect? –Extent indicators –national baselines: Vegetation extent (2004 ), Wetlands Extent (2007), Extent of weeds (2007), Invasive vertebrates (2007), Extent of Coastal Habitat, Land use – 2001, 2006, Regional institutional capacity (2007) –Condition Indicators National Vegetation Assessment 2007/2008), River Condition, Wetlands Condition, Estuarine and Coastal indicators and reporting, Social and Economic Information Framework, Biodiversity indicators –Developed indicator methodologies Soil condition, Salinity M&E indicators

5 Information ManagementInformation for NRM is a National Asset Getting agreement Supporting Information Hubs (ASRIS, Ozesturies OzCoast, NVIS, Land Use) Atlas and Library Building Capacity – Information BMP Tool kit Pushing the envelope –Interoperability (Water information, vegetation) Toward a National Environmental Information System

6 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Surface water - use & allocation WATER

7 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Water Implications Surface management areas Groundwater management units Sustainable yields definitions & assessment Buy-back process initiated (Namoi) Water allocation on the map WATER

8 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Groundwater flow systems WATER

9 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Groundwater Implications Response time to impact Management options for intervention Economics for effective investment PMSEIC leading to… National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality WATER

10 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Vegetation clearance - a live issue Vegetation

11 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Vegetation Implications National Vegetation Information System Vegetation clearance account for past actions and remnants Legacy – baseline for evaluation The naked truth Vegetation

12 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Rangelands cover 75% of Australia Ghost gums, Hammersley National Park, Western Australia Photo: Australian Picture Library/Owen Hughes Rangelands

13 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Rangeland Implications Unique Australian asset Rigorous monitoring system Desert Knowledge Australias resource Cinderella Rangelands

14 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Agriculture Industry - information user & provider

15 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Agriculture Implications Australian Soil Resources Information System Industry information partnerships Soil acidity a national issue Soil erosion mapped at sub regional scale Soil – a fundamental resource Agriculture

16 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Farmers manage ~60% of the landscape Agriculture

17 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Agriculture Implications Industry leadership towards best practice Strategies for continuous improvement and innovation in sustainability Understanding industry evolution Farmer focussed and solution orientated Agriculture

18 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Environment Landscape health & biodiversity

19 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Biodiversity and Landscape Health Implications Integrated ecological assessment Stressed and threats – keystone species, weeds Volunteer bird observation network – citizen science Biodiversity 2002, 2008 Rangelands 2002, 2008 Stark picture of biodiversity loss Environment

20 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Environment Australias aquatic ecosystems

21 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t River & Estuary Implications Sediment and nutrient story for Australian catchments Sources and sinks (SedNet & ANNEX) OzEstuaries: Estuary inventory – process drivers and condition Basis for priority setting under NAPSWQ, GBR Water Quality Improvement Plan Estuaries finally on the map… Environment

22 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Access to data ASDD ANRDL Direct-link ANRA ANRA NAVIGATOR STATE ATLASES DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS DATA A network of information services

23 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Data management & knowledge implications Australian Natural Resources Atlas >> Australian Resources Online Australian Natural Resources Data Library ANZLIC Spatial Data Management Policy Monitoring protocols for natural resource assets Australian Natural Resource Information Infrastructure BOM Water, Creative commons DATA

24 Data quality Trend Distribution Abundance OccurrenceDensity Feral pigs

25 Reporting Baseline collations –(http://adl.brs.gov.au/anrdl/php/) Status of Information - (SNRI Series)

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27 Indicator Information Products

28 National Land Use National Land Use National scale land use maps for 1992/93, 1993/94, 1996/97, 1998/99, 2000/01 & 2001/02

29 Integrated Report Cards

30 Agreement to Useful national Products State NRMRegion IBRA Catchment Veg Extent By…..

31 How has the information been used?

32 Continuing the Assessments National Biodiversity Assessment Building the capacity to measure trends Report against the biodiversity assets threats and responses Much progress – but we still cant report. Rangelands 2008 Taking the pulse Reporting change in many indicators and processes Building an on-going capacity to interpret change Evidence based policy and decisions Regional Reporting – building capacity

33 Signposts for Australian Agriculture

34 What did we learn? Good institutional systems for ongoing data management are essential It is never enough to just collect the data Knowledge should be seen as a public asset, not power Levels of accuracy must be clearly defined Rigorous science practice provides an excellent platform for building business propositions

35 Success factors Purpose Frameworks Resources Science Partnerships Good will Institutional form …Drambuie

36 Assessment principles System approach –process understanding Data driven –Mapping > monitoring > modelling Scalable –continent context informing targeted regional investment Management orientated

37 One Example Biophysical understanding of diffuse pollution

38 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Rainfall Erosivity R Soil Erodibility K Cover Management C Slope & Slope Length L & S Support Practice P HILLSLOPE EROSION RATE Monthly Soil Loss Ratio Monthly Distribution of R Factor QDNR Daily RainfallASRIS Soil AttributesHigh res & 9 DEMs Terrain Analysis Woody cover and monthly grass cover BRS LanduseAVHRR Derived NDVI Time Series Analysis Monthly C Factor Reflections Scientific underpinning

39 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Land & Water Systems approach: multi-scale

40 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t Fitzroy Targeting and setting regional priorities LAND & WATER

41 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t NRM Priorities for management identified

42 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t People Incentives – essential for public benefit

43 Sustainable Landscapes Public Benefit, as a flow on from Audit I & II Reef Rescue & Project Catalyst Roll Out Key Ingredients include: Building on Audit outputs - Incentives for public benefit [Reef Rescue] Regulations [Qld Govt] Monitoring R&D [Project Catalyst]

44 Some International Flow Ons Input to EU Directive – Rivers Participated in design and rollout of Millennium Assessment [and then MDGs] WMO Floodplain Management Guidelines Global Water Partnership focus on multi-value water assets USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Nutrient Management from diffuse sources

45 Some Quotable Quotes no – we will have a war against salinity well – havent you fixed it yet? whats in it for the farmer? but you know as well as I do, the media will take photos of dead sheep and dry dams and we are back where we started from taking information from regions, joining it together to produce a national overview should be simple the states dont matter thats bullshit Minister – and you know it is

46 Some Key Lessons Politicians love a crisis – statesmen seek solutions Evidence-based decision making wins eventually Timing is everything Business cases, partnerships and clarity of beneficiaries are essential a well articulated vision

47 The Continued Challenge Public investment requires priorities For priorities we need long term strategic information – conditions and trends Information must answer the what can you do about it? question Information must be managed as a national asset and translated to community knowledge

48 48 Australias Emerging Challenge – Multi-objective Agriculture Smart Precision Systems Agriculture – Productive, Sustainable, Reduced Emissions & Increased Mitigation The exceptional circumstances of a changing weather and economic climate requires a re-think of EC!

49 National Land and Water Resources Audit A p r o g r a m o f t h e N a t u r a l H e r i t a g e T r u s t National Land & Water Resources Audit & thanks for all the fish.... Blair Wood, Executive Director, Warwick McDonald, Technical Director, Colin Creighton, Executive Director,


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