The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board believes a healthy living landscape is key to a thriving community, sustainable economy and regenerative natural world. Working across 11,000 square kilometres of diverse landscape, the Board’s region is home to 1.3 million people, half of South Australia’s native plant species and three-quarters of native bird species. It is also an important centre of primary production.
The Board believes that the region and planet are worth protecting and managing well, balancing the needs of our diverse communities with nature and industry for today and the future. Partnerships are a vital ingredient in achieving this, which is why the Board works with community, industry, non-government organisations and all tiers of government in developing the region’s natural resources management plan and managing the natural environment.
Working in partnership across communities, schools, government and non-government organisations, the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board is building community capacity and removing barriers to support people to live more sustainably and regenerate our local landscape.
The Board funds eight community-run natural resource centres that supports 36,000 people a year, raising awareness, building skills and bringing communities together around environmental topics. The centres run workshops, film nights and other events as well as provide a place to ‘drop by’ for people wanting to connect. The Adelaide Sustainability Centre is the Board’s city based natural resource centre run in partnership with Conservation SA. The Centre’s website is an online urban sustainability hub and the physical central-metropolitan location makes it a convenient spot for events attracting people from across the urban area.
The Board’s seven week Living Smart sustainability course, ran in partnership with Be Living Smart Inc in Western Australia, local councils and non-government organisations, supports people to set their own goals, create local networks and change their environmental behaviours. The first three courses held during 2016 saw participants reduce their car trips by 33%, while 64% made efforts to reduce their energy consumption at home.
The Board’s NRM Education program supports over 430 schools to integrate sustainability into their culture and curriculum. More than 350 student environment leaders are supported through events each year and 40 completed the Youth Environment Council of SA program last year.
The Board is a key agent in bringing local government together to develop climate adaptation plans that make Councils and their community’s climate change ready. The Board also works in partnership with volunteers and councils to revegetate coastal, riparian and terrestrial areas. Last year, more than 34,800 seedlings were planted across coastal sites with local councils and over 6,000 tube stock were supplied for volunteers to plant on state and local government public land.