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9. Implementation: making use of better information

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This section describes how this Plan, including the wealth of background data gathered to inform it, can be considered by the Goulburn Broken CMA and partner organisations.

As outlined in section 1, the purpose of this Plan is to provide information on climate change for the Goulburn Broken CMA
and partner organisations to use in NRM planning and decisionmaking. Section 1 also highlights that this Plan should be used in conjunction with other technical and planning information, pointing to complementary decision making processes and data needs to inform good planning. It is not the intent of this Plan to provide all the answers but information for consideration in planning processes.

There is considerable scope now to improve how climate change is factored into decisionmaking, whilst allowing for new
information to be integrated in the future.

The objectives of implementing, or "rolling-out", this Plan needs to be a part of integrating all aspects of climate change into decisionmaking. This Plan is anticipated to catalyse many decisions, giving tangible evidence that the
following strategic outcomes of the Goulburn Broken CMA’s Climate Change Integration Strategy (2012) are being implemented:

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

Integrate this Plan and associated tools created during the development of this Plan into Goulburn Broken CMA and partner organisations NRM planning.

This is likely to require a program and project-level analysis, considering key questions such as:

  • What climate change information can be used now to inform strategic directions and projects? That is, what are the priority areas for climate change adaptation and mitigation and what management options need to be implemented?
  • What other data might be needed for decision-making?
  • Who needs to be involved in further deliberations?
  • What climate change-related data is a priority to obtain or improve?

The Plan and associated tools and information can be incorporated into planning at a range of scales and processes, including;

  • assessing risk or vulnerability at the program-level incorporating key climate change impacts
  • assisting in the prioritisation of on-ground works for key land, water and biodiversity assets
  • reviewing the effectiveness of current management actions under climate change
  • identifying of activities to support adaptation and mitigation to climate change
  • assisting in local planning and program-level planning by providing key climate change information for consideration in relation to other drivers
  • further refining the spatial climate change vulnerability assessment for local and program-level planning
  • using the learnings from the Adaptation Pathways Trial to support local planning
  • reviewing the assumptions documented as part of the DPSIR analyses as a cornerstone of adaptive management
  • incorporating new methods into the carbon farming assessment.

This will be facilitated through the Goulburn Broken CMA’s Planning Framework and the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (GB CMA 2013).