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Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Strategy

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1. Purpose

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This Climate Change Adaptation Plan:

a. identifies priority landscapes for climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of improving the resilience of natural resources;

b. identifies options for climate change adaptation and mitigation, including carbon sequestration, within focus areas and priority landscapes; and

c. identifies risks to catchment processes from carbon sequestration activities and mitigation actions.

This Plan contributes to achieving strategic outcomes of the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority’s (CMA's) Climate Change Integration Strategy 2012-2015 (GB CMA 2012), a sub-strategy of the Goulburn Broken Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS) 2013 -2019 (GB CMA 2013) (see figure 1).

Figure 1: The relationship between the Goulburn Broken Regional Catchment Strategy, sub-strategies and local plans for social-ecological systems (GB CMA 2013).

This Plan specifically contributes to the following Climate Change Integration Strategy strategic outcomes and associated goals and directions:

  • integrate climate change into Goulburn Broken CMA programs;
  • improve understanding of climate change; and
  • build catchment resilience into sequestration activities.

This Plan has been developed primarily for natural resource management (NRM) planners but may inform the work of researchers and implementers.

The priorities and management options specifically relate to the Goulburn Broken Catchment, however, the process for assessing vulnerability and identifying priorities and management options could inform NRM planning more broadly.

The adaptation and mitigation priorities and associated management options outlined in this Plan will be considered through the Goulburn Broken CMA’s adaptive management planning processes for integration into NRM programs and strategies at various spatial scales (see section 9 for more details).

This Plan is not intended to incorporate all decision-making elements but provides an initial prioritisation for climate change adaptation and mitigation based on spatially-enabled criteria for vulnerability and values. Investigation of the interactions between social-ecological systems (SESs) identified in the Goulburn Broken RCS, drivers of change and how key points of vulnerability to natural resources may be overcome will continue.