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Improving the NRM knowledge system for regions: knowledge for managing Australian landscapes
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- Author / Creator
- Knowledge for Regional NRM team
- Land and Water Australia 2006
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- Creative Commons Attribution
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License.
- Full Abstract
- Natural resource management (NRM) regions are at the point where knowledge management is of critical importance for them to move forward in their day to day business of managing natural resources. There is a risk that regional responses to this urgent need will create a suite of different information and knowledge management systems and processes across the country, none of which will speak to the other. It is critical that a consistent approach is developed now. Phase one of the Knowledge for Regional NRM Program, which commenced in February 2005 and was funded by the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT), investigated and tested ways to improve the adoption and sharing of knowledge by regional NRM bodies and looked for ways to improve knowledge connections between regional NRM bodies and research and information providers. The Program took a broad view of the NRM sector, looking beyond Land and Water Australia’s accepted areas of interest. This paper presents the findings of phase one and outlines an approach, including proposing packages of specific services, to enable this to happen in a coordinated and considered manner. It is intended that it will stimulate dialogue on how to improve the NRM knowledge system, create a robust investment model to ensure its long-term stability, and catalyse strategic action and investment across the NRM sector. The proposed options aim to: make better use of existing knowledge and information; improve access to knowledge and information; build capacity of NRM professionals to use knowledge in management decisions; increase sharing of experiential knowledge and lessons between regions; improve two-way knowledge sharing between knowledge providers and regional NRM bodies; make regional knowledge needs more accessible to research providers; facilitate more effective processes for the management of knowledge and information; and stimulate a culture that values knowledge and information. The approach proposed here was designed using contributions from regional NRM bodies, knowledge providers, and successful initiatives from outside both the NRM sector and Australia. It consists of three overarching packages which include a number of services grounded in the real needs of regional bodies and verified by them. The proposed packages of services are: 1 Better practice in knowledge management This will provide NRM regions and practitioners with the skills and practices to better search, retrieve, manage and evaluate information. 2 NRM Toolbar The NRM Toolbar is a knowledge system for NRM professionals and will be delivered through an internet based toolbar. The system will facilitate the sharing of knowledge between regional NRM bodies and provide mechanisms for two-way flow of knowledge between regions and information providers. 3 Supporting knowledge brokering in the NRM sector This package aims to provide a range of services to regional NRM bodies to support them to broker knowledge.
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- Land and Water Australia, Canberra, ACT
- Subject (AGROVOC)
- Knowledge management; case studies; research; scientists; Natural resources; managers; Land management; decision support systems; information needs; information
- Subject (GEMET)
- research; management; management of natural resources; investment; government (cabinet); communications; information; planning; plan; natural heritage
- Subject (Author)
- natural resource management; regional management; information discovery; information management; program plan
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