A five-year action research partnership between researchers and natural resource management (NRM) practitioners has collaborated on new approaches and different thinking to address intractable NRM and sustainability problems.

Ten partners have worked together on case studies from across Australia including the Murray catchment region of NSW, Far North Queensland, and other working examples from NRM regions in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

The research has explored the value of the concepts of resilience thinking, adaptive governance and collective learning, separately and particularly together, in tackling these issues and enabling transformative action. 

The study worked with partner organisations on ways to assist communities to build transformative capacity at different scales to improve regional and multi-regional NRM outcomes.  We believe that NRM governance systems should be able to lead, catalyse and support intentional transformations.  As such, a high level of importance has been placed on drawing out the findings and lessons from this work into support material for an emerging paradigm of NRM and community of practice.

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Why should regional communities think about change and new futures? Adaptive Governance Resilience Collective Learning What is transformative capacity? Key Capacities and Stimulants for Transformation What are social ecological systems in NRM? Regional NRM Plans as social-ecological change strategies Critical Reflection Innovative Networks Knowledge Reframing Transformative Leadership Tipping Points Incentive NRM models of Social-Ecological Planning Practice Guide Overview of Partnership Reports/Journal Papers Glossary

Reports/Journal Papers

The change processes in partner regions are still unfolding. The lessons that have emerged over the project are discussed in a series of reports and journal papers. The change processes in partner regions are still unfolding and a number of short reports on key findings (referred to in the Overview Report) will become available over the next few months.

The short reports are:

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