Regional level investment under the Natural Heritage Trust and the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality

Regional level investment under the Natural Heritage Trust and the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality Conference Paper

Sustaining our Communities

  • Author(s): Schweizer, Chris
  • Published: 2002
  • Publisher: The Regional Institute Limited
  • Volume: 2004

Abstract: NAP & NHT There are two principal investment initiatives currently under way to address natural resource management issues in Australia: * the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality (NAP); and * the second stage of the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT). The National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality announced in November 2000 has the commitment of $1.4 billion over 7 years from the Commonwealth, States and Territories to address salinity and deteriorating water quality in priority catchments and regions across Australia. The goal of the Action Plan is to enable regional communities to use targeted action to prevent and stabilise salinity, improve water quality and secure reliable allocations for human uses, industry and the environment. The Action Plan has ushered in a new era for natural resource management across Australia. The Plan provides for the Commonwealth and the State /Territory Governments to jointly: * provide technical support for regional bodies to develop regional plans; * accredit the plans; * invest, through block funding, in priority outcomes; and * develop a national performance information and evaluation framework to help assess and report on the progress of regional bodies in the implementation of plans against defined targets. Consistent with the regional delivery approach of the National Action Plan is the new structure for the extension of the Natural Heritage Trust. The Commonwealth Government has extended the Natural Heritage Trust for a further five years with funding of $1.032 billion. The NHT will also provide more funding directly to regional groups for large, strategic projects that deliver agreed priorities through regional integrated natural resource management plans. NHT2 This second phase of the Government's Natural Heritage Trust will feature a new streamlined structure - for example the Trust's existing 23 programs will be consolidated and simplified, with future investment made through four overarching programs with the following focus: * Landcare - reversing land degradation and promoting sustainable agriculture; * Bushcare - conserving and restoring habitat for our unique native flora and fauna which underpin the health of our landscapes; * Rivercare - improving water quality and environmental flows in our river systems and wetlands; and * Coastcare - protecting our coastal catchments, ecosystems and the marine environment. A monitoring and evaluation framework will cover both the Trust and the National Action Plan and contribute to a better understanding of the state of our environmental and natural resource assets, and thus to more informed actions that will sustain these critical assets.

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Schweizer, Chris, 2002, Regional level investment under the Natural Heritage Trust and the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality, Volume:2004, Conference Paper, viewed 09 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4115.

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