Australia's 56 regional natural resource management (NRM) bodies are at the front line of tackling sustainability challenges on the ground.
Regional NRM bodies operate at a catchment or landscape scale, across industries, property boundaries and land tenures. They bring diverse stakeholders together to deliver integrated approaches to NRM problems and play an important bridging role between governments and regional communities. They are ideally placed to meld top down strategy and resources with bottom up energy and engagement to deliver effective and lasting responses at a regional scale.
Climate change responses need to be hard-wired into the core business of every regional NRM body in Australia -- not as a separate issue but as a core feature of the operating environment.