Strategy role and use

The role of this Regional Catchment Strategy

The Port Phillip and Western Port Regional Catchment Strategy describes the natural resources of this region and some of the key connections between them. It provides an overview of policy and planning, a vision and targets for the future and a basis for shared effort. It focuses on improving natural resource management while recognising that, by helping resources to be managed more sustainably, it will contribute to society’s economic benefit and social wellbeing.

Catchments and ecosystems are too big and inter-connected for one or a few organisations to manage and repair them alone. This Regional Catchment Strategy therefore aims to help people and organisations across the region work together. It’s main role and purpose is fostering collaboration. It’s long term aim is to achieve the vision of a healthy and resilient environment and well-managed natural resources.

It is important to note that this Strategy doesn’t describe every natural resources of the region or prescribe actions or directions for every natural resource problem. It expresses the current policies and plans of many agencies and organisations as targets that we can all pursue together. The Strategy is based on a principle that the common pursuit of a shared vision and targets will help us manage our natural resources more sustainably as the foundation for society’s economic and social wellbeing.

For success, we need inspired and committed partnerships between the professional, scientific and social disciplines, the wider community and business interests involved in all aspects of natural resource management. There is much to learn from past actions and experience in integrated catchment management in the region, including ecological knowledge of Traditional Owners, and the strategy builds on this history.

Using this strategy

This Regional Catchment Strategy contains information and links that can assist the planning, project development, management and fund-seeking for various organisations and people. These include: