|Publication Type||Government Report|
|Year of Publication||1991|
|Keywords||australia, community participation, decline, External, Landcare, National Landcare Study, rural|
The landcare movement is undoubtedly the most exciting and significant development in land conservation in Australia. Local communities are becoming involved in land conservation all over Australia, playing a much more active role in determining the direction of land conservation efforts and taking greater responsibility for tackling land degradation than at any previous time since European settlement. This report summarises the tremendous diversity of landcare activity around Australia and discusses issues which will influence the effectiveness of the landcare program through the 1990s. The objectives of the NLF project are: • to collaborate with the states in developing performance indicators which can be used to monitor the performance and impact of Landcare groups in Australia • to keep the Soil Conservation Advisory Committee (SCAC) and the Ministerial Soil Conservation Task Force informed as to progress with Landcare, especially with regard to opportunities for SCAC support. • to investigate constraints to the effectiveness of Landcare groups, and in collaboration with the States, develop strategies for SCAC to consider to overcome these constraints • to liaise with State Landcare co-ordinators and facilitators to promote the Landcare movement • to design and, with SCAC's approval, implement a research project to evaluate and monitor Landcare, in order to determine the impact of Landcare compared with other forms of soil conservation extension, and the factors which influence the achievements of groups • to undertake other tasks as directed by SCAC from time to time. The draft DoLPs are a valuable compilation of existing information, but generally lack vision, strategic direction and specific plans for action with targets and measurable performance indicators. The challenge for those involved is to ensure community ownership of the planning process and the resulting plans, without falling into the trap of making the community work to the tune of the bureaucracy in order to have an input.