Fixing up declining soil, water and vegetation health, which were commonly caused by previous ‘accepted farm practices’, requires considerable effort and cost, mostly incurred by today’s farmers The cost and effort required of land managers to implement good practices that result in delivery of environmental goods and services are rarely returned in current commodity prices. The environmental goods and services that result from good land management - clean water, clean air, healthy soils, plants and animals - profit the farming enterprise and the wider community. Implementing environmental management has both private and public benefits. Land Stewardship is what people in Landcare have been working towards over the past 20 years.
Facilitating a pathway to Land Stewardship Landcare – knowledge, capacity, solutions
Bass Coast Landcare Network Ten Landcare Groups -eastern catchments of Western Port, Powlett River Catchment and northern and western catchments of Anderson Inlet – 1250 sq km’s
Overview of networks model and theoretical context
Common Landcare Network structure
Groups of groups
Landcare as Communities of Practice
Networks of people who share an interest in an issue or set of issues and who develop practices and solutions together through collective information sharing, knowledge building, practical activities and peer support.
“ Social learning in a policy and praxis (theory into practice) sense encompasses an awareness of levels of learning and can generate practices that question norms, policies and objectives in interactive processes involving multiple stakeholders” (Bateson in Collins & Ison 2009 pp 364)
Landcare Networks as platforms for social learning
Social learning stakeholder interaction, good facilitation, institutional and policy support, can provide:
Alignment of stakeholder goals, knowledge and expectations created through relationships of trust and mutual respect and leading to agreement on appropriate ‘concerted action’;
Common understanding of issues through ‘co-creation’ of knowledge developed by taking part in joint research, trials, and interpretation of the results;
Changes in practices resulting from this shared understanding (SLIM 2004a).
What works for Bass Coast Landcare and how we got there
Valued members and healthy groups support dynamic Networks
two way communications between groups and Network
resources allocated to group planning and project delivery
ensure group input to all Network wide projects
conscious efforts are made to invite and involve the range of stakeholders
equally acknowledge Group and Network activities
recognition awards acknowledge individuals and Groups.
Land Stewardship is the practice of managing land, water and biodiversity in a sustainable way for the benefit of current and future generations.
Many farmers consider themselves as land stewards - this belief is not necessarily reflected in their practices (Curtis and De Lacy 1998)
Land Stewardship Program Pathway -different levels of learning Sustainability Victoria, National Landcare Program, Caring for our Country, RCIP, New Generation Landcare, Rural Rate Rebate, Corporate Partnerships, Agency Partnerships, Landcare’s best management practice pathway to profitable and sustainable farming Entry Level Stewardship Self Assessment and Action Planning Demonstrating BMP’s through Continuing Practice Master Land Stewards delivering Environmental Goods and Services Three Program areas Investors & Partners