What is NARvis?
NARvis – the Northern Agricultural Regional Vision – is an update of the 2005 Regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) Strategy. Rather than the traditional document NARvis has been presented as a website with interactive maps and content.
NARvis is a regional plan created with the input and support of state and local government agencies, community groups and land managers. It has been designed as a tool for these stakeholders to identify and prioritise NRM investment in the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR) and promote collaboration across all levels.
In line with Australian, State and regional priorities, we aim to achieve the following:
- conserve and enhance our natural resources through sound NRM planning;
- identify priority landscapes for carbon plantings and strategies to build landscape integrity and guide adaptation and mitigation actions to address climate change impacts on natural ecosystems;
- develop sound, logical and practical management actions that will improve the condition of key resources and will lead to enhanced on-ground outcomes;
- promote a broader understanding of the importance of investing in NRM in this region and to develop a framework for such investment; and
- integrate and coordinate NRM activity both across the region and with State and Commonwealth partners.
Who developed NARvis?
Development of NARvis has been coordinated by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) with funding from the Australian Government and in-kind and technical assistance from the State Government.
NACC has drawn on both expert advice and community input in the creation of NARvis. Community members will continue to be a key element of the process as it continues to develop. NARvis would not be possible without the energy, knowledge and commitment of local people who have invested in it.
How was NARvis developed?
In 2012, recognising the need to update its seven year-old Regional NRM Strategy, NACC started on the journey that has led to the creation of NARvis.
- First, a series of four community INFFER workshops were held throughout the NAR to identify regional NRM assets, asses their values, threats and importance.
- To ensure that the new plan didn’t become another document that quickly became out of date, NACC decided to create the new plan as a web based portal utilising GIS mapping capabilities. To host the maps and information NACC wanted to share with the community, NACC created its own ArcGIS Online account https://narvis.maps.arcgis.com.
- A technical working group with members from relevant government agencies was established to guide the project and provide valuable feedback and comments.
- NACC was successful in winning funding from the Australian Government through the NRM planning for climate change fund to update the plan with respect to climate change.
- The strategy content was then updated, the NARvis website was created and community engagement was undertaken.
NARvis is and will continue to be a work in progress that will evolve to meet community and stakeholder needs. Future workshops are in the pipeline and if you want to make a comment on the website please use the Leave a Reply section at the bottom of each page.