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Natural Heritage Trust annual report 2005-06
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- Author / Creator
- Australian Government Natural Resource Management Team
- Commonwealth of Australia 2006
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- Full Abstract
- The 2005–06 year was the fourth year of the extension of the Natural Heritage Trust (the Trust). The 2005–06 funding round of the Trust continued to support regional delivery of Trust-funded activities with a focus on: undertaking planning; work activities; delivering outputs; changing natural resource management practice; building community capacity; encouraging industries’ contribution to ecologically sustainable development; and protecting, recovering and enhancing natural assets. It takes a period of 20 years or more to realise change in resource condition. At this point in the investment cycle of the Trust, changes are beginning to be seen in the intermediate outcome areas of behaviour and practice change in resource management, aggregate changes in management of resources at the landscape scale and at focused ‘points of investment’ for natural resource management. Intermediate outcomes from Trust investments include land managers changing their behaviour and their ‘norms’ for resource management practice and actual land management practice change across catchments and sub-regions. By 30 June 2006, nearly all of the 56 NRM regions were actively implementing their management plans and investment strategies. They were also utilising lessons they had learned in previous activities to improve their planning and implementation cycle. These plans and strategies are the base for investment through the regional investment and regional competitive streams. There were many significant achievements in 2005–06 which demonstrate that the Trust is continuing to undertake foundation activities, achieve outputs and ‘on-ground works’ leading to the desired intermediate and the longer-term outcomes of the Natural Heritage Trust. Ultimately, this pathway will lead to achievement of the Trust’s goal to “repair and replenish Australia’s natural capital infrastructure”. During 2005–06, the Australian Government invested a total of $312.17 million through the Trust, of which $25.91 million was for Trust administration. A total of $20.92 million was spent in 2005–06 for Envirofund community projects. Local environmental issues being addressed included coastal and marine matters, natural wetlands, rangelands and Indigenous issues. Some on-ground achievements include: over 40,000 hectares of native vegetation protected; nearly 1,000 off stream stock watering troughs installed; over 4,000 hectares protected through conservation agreements. A total of $153.61 million was invested in regional investment stream projects during in 2005–06. Of this, An additional $4.14 million was contributed through National Investment Stream state-wide projects to support regional programme delivery. Examples of on-ground achievements include: over 900,000 hectares of native vegetation revegetated and rehabilitated; pest and weed control activities have been carried out over nearly 47 million hectares of land; over 370,000 hectares of land treated for a variety of soil degradation issues, including soil erosion and soil acidity. A total of $111.73 million was invested in national projects during 2005–06. These projects contributed to the outcomes of the National Investment Stream and the Regional Investment Stream.
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- Department of the Environment and Water Resources, Canberra, ACT
- Subject (AGROVOC)
- Natural heritage; Aquatic environment; trusts; Natural resources; Water resources; Land management; Water quality; Soil management; Sustainability; Biodiversity
- Subject (GEMET)
- vegetation; vegetable; management of natural resources; planning; plan; investment; monitoring; self-monitoring; natural heritage; communications
- Subject (Author)
- Natural Heritage Trust; NHT; annual report; natural resource management; regional delivery; local delivery; national activities; program delivery
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