The protection and conservation of natural resources is fundamental to the long-term viability of the Goulburn Broken Catchment and the well-being and prosperity of its people.
The Goulburn Broken Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS) provides the integrated planning framework or 'blueprint' for management of land, water and biodiversity resources. It is the overarching strategy for directing action, under which there are sub-strategies and action plans that implement priorities of government and the community.
The approach to catchment management has evolved from a focus on the single threat of salinity in the 1980s to integrated catchment management (salinity, water quality, biodiversity) in the mid-1990s and then to a focus on valuing outcomes such as ecosystem services (e.g. maintaining clean water, air and productive soils) in the early 2000s.
The focus now is placing greater emphasis on understanding the relationship between people and nature, and how to maintain and improve the resilience of these systems to continue to deliver the critical ecosystem services in a dynamic, ever-changing world.