Information collection and dissemination

The Commission has a specific function to gather and disseminate information on natural resource management issues.

The Commission:

  • partners in improving the use of data science in natural resource management (DARE project)
  • organised a roundtable with leaders in natural resource management, industry, agriculture, community groups and academia
  • commissioned research aimed to inform debate over regional natural resource management.

DARE project

The Natural Resources Commission partners in improving the use of data science in natural resource management.

The use of data science will improve resource management by providing for better informed, evidence-based decision making.

The Australian Research Council has provided almost $4 million to boost the use of data science in natural resource management. The funding will establish an Australian Research Council Training Centre in Data Analytics for Resources and Environments (DARE) to be led by The University of Sydney. Researchers from the Training Centre will collaborate with industry partners, including the Commission and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Researchers will work on current natural resource management issues to develop and apply innovative data science skills. Together the Commission and the Training Centre will help develop a workforce that will be ready to innovate, operate and lead in the area of managing natural resources through the use of data sciences.

Natural Resource Management Roundtable

In 2003, the NSW Government implemented major reforms to natural resource management (NRM) in NSW. Since then, significant progress has been made in promoting regional decision-making, delivering on-ground outcomes and improving accountability for NRM investment.

On 7 June 2013, the Commission held a NRM Roundtable with leaders in catchment management, industry, agriculture, community groups and academia. The purpose of the Roundtable was to reflect on progress achieved by regional NRM since 2003 and explore lessons learned that could inform future governance and investment in NRM through Local Land Services.

The Roundtable participants shared their views on the achievements and lessons learned, as well as the opportunities and challenges related to:

  • governance and leadership
  • stakeholder engagement
  • strategic planning
  • integrating NRM with farm-scale economics
  • service delivery
  • developing knowledge and evaluating outcomes.

The Commission is grateful to the Roundtable participants for their valued contribution to ongoing quality practice in NRM in NSW.

Research on natural resource management models and frameworks

In 2009, the Commission engaged Rod Griffith and Associates to assist in a review of alternative natural resource management models.

This research aimed to inform debate over improvements to regional natural resource management governance in the context of the former Catchment Management Authorities Act 2003.