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Knowledge for Regional Natural
Resource Management Program
        Nerida Hart, Program Manager,
        Knowledge for Reg...
Knowledge for Regional NRM
              Program
• Purpose of the Program
• Key areas of work for the Program
• What has t...
56 NRM
Regions
Where our services targeted the
                          NRM Knowledge System
                                       Regi...
Desired Outcomes
1: Improved capacity of regional organisations to locate,
   access, use and share NRM information and
  ...
Three key areas of work
•       www.rkrk.net.au
        Regional Knowledge Resource Kit
•       www.nrmnavigator.net.au in...
Achievements
• Staff from 40 of 56 regional NRM bodies participated in
  training to facilitate a Regional Knowledge Strat...
Achievements continued…
• 18 regional NRM bodies have established Evidence
  Bases (collections of regionally-relevant inf...
Making a difference to improving
                 NRM
We have:
• Empowered the regional NRM sector by building
  capacity ...
Making a difference to improving NRM
               continued…
• Made inroads into the difficult issue of getting regional...
Highlights
• actKM Platinum award in October 2008 for a KM project which
  addressed both cultural and technological chang...
Future
• LWA option to take over no longer viable as LWA has
  been abolished as of 30 June 2009
• High level of interest ...
Australian Agriculture & Natural
      Resources Online (AANRO)
Drivers for redevelopment:
• National Agriculture and NRM ...
Australian Agriculture & Natural
           Resources Online
•   A national R&D database for Agriculture and Natural Resou...
Access to more information
•   www.lwa.gov.au/regionalknowledge


•               www.rkrk.net.au
    Regional Knowledge R...
Questions?




Nerida.hart@gmail.com
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  1. 1. Knowledge for Regional Natural Resource Management Program Nerida Hart, Program Manager, Knowledge for Regional NRM
  2. 2. Knowledge for Regional NRM Program • Purpose of the Program • Key areas of work for the Program • What has the Program achieved? • What difference has it made to improving NRM in Australia? • Highlights • AANRO
  3. 3. 56 NRM Regions
  4. 4. Where our services targeted the NRM Knowledge System Regional NRM Bodies (56) Region to Region sharing Building capacity to of knowledge manage information & knowledge within Regions Knowledge flow between R&D organisations and Landholders & Regions Research & Development Indigenous landowners Organisations *This diagram does not represent the entire NRM Knowledge System.
  5. 5. Desired Outcomes 1: Improved capacity of regional organisations to locate, access, use and share NRM information and knowledge. 2: Improved capacity of regional organisations and associated stakeholders to define their science (research) and information needs. 3: Greater understanding by research organisations of regional information and knowledge needs. 5: Stronger communities of practice in NRM and greater knowledge sharing among practitioners.
  6. 6. Three key areas of work • www.rkrk.net.au Regional Knowledge Resource Kit • www.nrmnavigator.net.au including the NRM Search Engine • Knowledge brokering services: – Gotta question? Service – Decision Support Advice Service – Systematic Review trials
  7. 7. Achievements • Staff from 40 of 56 regional NRM bodies participated in training to facilitate a Regional Knowledge Strategy and use the resources of the Regional Knowledge Resource Kit. • Five pilot regions and 9 additional regions have developed and implemented a Regional Knowledge Strategy. • A wide range of NRM information sources (such as national databases) now accessible through NRM Navigator. • Development of an NRM-specific search engine providing access to the vast majority of publicly-available NRM research.
  8. 8. Achievements continued… • 18 regional NRM bodies have established Evidence Bases (collections of regionally-relevant information); another 7 have shown interest. There are also 6 non- regional Evidence Bases set up, including Bush Heritage Australia. • Evidence Bases are linked to the NRM Navigator and fulfil Program Logic requirements for regional NRM bodies • Some regions have catalogued entire libraries of reports etc. numbering in excess of 2000 items.
  9. 9. Making a difference to improving NRM We have: • Empowered the regional NRM sector by building capacity in managing information and knowledge. • Provided an online resource (RKRK) for regional NRM bodies to develop a regional knowledge strategy. • Provided Regional NRM staff with opportunities to learn methods and techniques to better manage information and knowledge. • Provided regions with fast access to evidence for decision making through the NRM Navigator.
  10. 10. Making a difference to improving NRM continued… • Made inroads into the difficult issue of getting regional knowledge needs onto the national research agenda. • Provided a facility, through the Evidence Base software for NRM regions and others to collect, store and access information sources, and provide an evidence trail for decision making. • Linked the Evidence Bases to Program Logic that has been rolled out across all regions by the Australian Government. This will add significantly to the benefits of the software.
  11. 11. Highlights • actKM Platinum award in October 2008 for a KM project which addressed both cultural and technological change • Wide geographic engagement with overwhelmingly positive feedback • Improved awareness and understanding of information and knowledge in a regional NRM context. • Improved access to publicly-funded science and research. • Products that are durable and effective. Consistent use of open source, licence free software—saving public money. • Built Program legacy through initiating a Community of Practice in NRM (Friends of RKRK). • Systematic reviews: funded 2nd and 3rd Systematic Reviews ever done in Australian NRM (Native Veg Program & CSIRO collaboration).
  12. 12. Future • LWA option to take over no longer viable as LWA has been abolished as of 30 June 2009 • High level of interest across multiple layers of government and NRM sector. Continuing the momentum with the strong engagement would likely lead to future collaboration. • Regional Knowledge Resource Kit will go to the Australian River Restoration Centre www.arrc.com.au • NRM Navigator and Evidence Bases may go to a consortium of Catchment Management Authorities or under www.nrm.gov.au
  13. 13. Australian Agriculture & Natural Resources Online (AANRO) Drivers for redevelopment: • National Agriculture and NRM R&D annual spend over $1bil - If we drop the ball now, we’ll need to reinvent it within 5 years, at much greater cost • Publicly funded research outputs should be freely accessible and searchable online (E-Research Strategy, Code of Conduct for Responsible Research, OECD)
  14. 14. Australian Agriculture & Natural Resources Online • A national R&D database for Agriculture and Natural Resources Management – contains research in progress, final reports and researcher profiles • Initiative of the Australian Government in partnership with the States, NRMSC, PISC & 15 RDCs (over 40 organisations) plus additional investment through Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries • Integrated knowledge and discovery tool for research and extension information and Australia’s first full text discipline based repository. • Goal is to be recognised as the trusted source for agriculture and natural resource management research and information for Australia • Already attracting interest from new partners as they see the benefit of joining this highly effective collaboration in making Australia’s research publicly accessible • Launched late June 2009
  15. 15. Access to more information • www.lwa.gov.au/regionalknowledge • www.rkrk.net.au Regional Knowledge Resource Kit • www.nrmnavigator.net.au (including the NRM Search Engine) • www.aanro.net
  16. 16. Questions? Nerida.hart@gmail.com

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