Social benchmarking for natural resource management: 2019 North Central Victoria

Allan Curtis, Hanabeth Luke

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    This research employed a survey of rural property owners to inform the North Central CMA Board and staff as they develop, implement and evaluate the 2020-2026 North Central Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS). In broad terms, each of Victoria’s 10 NRM regions will develop an RCS that identifies regional NRM priorities and describes strategies to achieve those objectives.
    CMA typically have limited ability (agency) to accomplish their goals without the support of other stakeholders (e.g. Australian and state governments, Non-Government Organisations or NGO), and especially rural property owners who own most rural land in the North Central region and directly influence the condition of soil, waterways, wetlands and native vegetation. In turn, the condition of those environmental assets influences their livelihoods, well-being and wealth (including property values).
    The 2019 North Central social benchmarking survey is part of a Southern Cross University (SCU) project led by Hanabeth Luke, jointly funded by the Soil CRC and the North Central CMA (a CRC partner). Data gathered will contribute to the wider Soil CRC research portfolio. For example, Soil CRC researchers will be able to explore farmer knowledge of soil heath and management; the impact of farmer participation in soil health groups; and the implementation of best practice soil management by farmers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherSouthern Cross University
    Commissioning bodySoil Cooperative Research Centre, North Central Catchment Management Authority
    Number of pages124
    ISBN (Print)9781648263491
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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