Introducing South Coast Natural Resource Management: A New Partner in the Nature Positive Economy CRC

February 9, 2024

We’re thrilled to announce South Coast NRM as the latest partner to join the Nature Positive Economy CRC bid. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in our collective efforts to advance sustainable natural resource management in Western Australia’s South Coast region.

South Coast NRM , based in Albany  Western Australia, operates across the Kent, Frankland, Albany, North Stirlings Pallinup, Fitzgerald and Esperance mallee and sandplain catchments.  South Coast NRM (formerly SCRIPT) has been operating for 30 years. It is renowned for its dedication to protecting and restoring the region’s natural and cultural assets, for the benefit of the communities and industry supply chains which are dependent on them. In one of the world’s 34 global biodiversity hotspots (WA Biodiversity Science Institute), they strive for a future where climate-resilient and sustainable land use and healthy terrestrial, river, and estuarine ecosystems thrive. Their work respects and incorporates Aboriginal cultural values across all conservation efforts, aiming for a systemic approach to natural resource management that is informed by ‘joined-up thinking’ from both First Nations knowledge and contemporary Western science.

What Drives South Coast NRM Towards a Nature Positive Economy?

South Coast NRM is pioneering the development of a pilot set of regional ‘natural capital environmental accounts’ in Western Australia, incorporating First Nations cultural values and leading edge biodiversity science. This innovative project aims to attract public and private support for defining a set of catchment-scale environmental assets across the region, including vegetation, soil, water, and wildlife. Their involvement in the Nature Positive Economy CRC is driven by the need for collaborative research, the development of new tools, and the sharing of practical information nationwide to support nature-positive catchment programs.

 

The Excitement About Nature Positive Economy CRC

South Coast NRM is pioneering the development of a pilot set of regional ‘natural capital environmental accounts’ in Western Australia, incorporating First Nations cultural values and leading edge biodiversity science. This innovative project aims (link to PDF) to attract public and private support for defining a set of catchment-scale environmental assets across the region, including vegetation, soil, water, and wildlife. Their involvement in the Nature Positive Economy CRC is driven by the need for collaborative research, the development of new tools, and the sharing of practical information nationwide to support nature-positive catchment programs.

 

Meet the Team

Luke Bayley – CEO, South Coast NRM

Johanna Tomlison – Executive Manager – Operations, South Coast NRM

Luke Bayley, CEO, brings over two decades of experience in not-for-profit leadership, conservation, and community development. His work focuses on empowering communities to care for nature and leading strategic conservation initiatives across Australia.

Johanna Tomlinson, Executive Manager – Operations, combines expertise in agriculture, natural resource management, and business management. She is passionate about supporting regional communities and fostering collaborations that enhance rural Australia’s sustainability and well-being.

This partnership between South Coast NRM and Nature Positive Economy CRC symbolises a shared vision for a sustainable and thriving future, where the preservation of our natural environment goes hand in hand with economic growth and community well-being. Stay tuned as we embark on this transformative journey together.

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We are seeking feedback on the key elements of success for this proposal for a national, translational research centre that supports Australia’s transition to a nature positive economy.

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