South Australia’s economic prosperity and community well-being are
underpinned by policies that support environmental sustainability and
resilience to climate change. An effective and integrated natural
resources management and land use planning system is required to respond
to current and future challenges.
The Planning Strategy for South Australia sets out long-term
visions for land use and development across the state. The Strategy
links broad, statewide planning to the needs of local councils. It also
describes planning initiatives that align with, or strengthen other
natural resource management legislation and policies.
Through partnership with communities, industries, government
agencies, non-government organisations, and Aboriginal people, NRM
boards develop a vision for the use and protection of natural resources,
which is outlined in regional NRM plans. Most NRM boards are adopting a
broad, ‘ecosystems approach’ to natural resource management. By
evaluating and reporting on the effectiveness of their natural resources
management programs and policies, NRM boards are able to refine their
goals and focus their investments to improve conservation outcomes.
Review of the SA Planning Strategy will improve alignment of NRM
priorities and long-term challenges of climate change.