Land Sector Package

Regional Natural Resource Management Planning for Climate Change - Stream 1

About Stream 1

Under Stream 1, 53 regional NRM organisations across Australia are undertaking projects to update existing regional NRM plans by February 2016. Updated regional NRM plans are expected to help to guide adaptation and planning for climate change impacts on the land, maximising the environmental benefits of carbon farming projects and biodiversity activities, and recognising and providing guidance to avoid and mitigate potential impacts to biodiversity, water resources and production systems.

Stream 1 applications are now closed and there will be no future funding rounds.

Principles for Regional NRM Planning for Climate Change

Updates to regional NRM plans will be underpinned by a set of Principles. These Principles are designed to guide regional NRM planning processes in a nationally consistent way, while recognising the differences in the status, style and requirements of regional NRM plans between regions, states and territories.


The Principles have been developed to ensure that updated regional NRM plans guide decisions relating to the location and nature of biodiversity and carbon planting projects across the landscape. It is acknowledged that high quality systems and processes are essential to make good land use decisions for best possible outcomes. The Principles also emphasise community and stakeholder engagement in the planning processes.

These Principles were drafted in consultation with key stakeholder groups, including representatives from regional NRM organisations.