How Blue is NRM?

Tony Flaherty, Manager

Coast and Marine – Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Department for Environment and Water

Abstract

Twenty-four years on from the inaugural Coast to Coast Conference in Hobart, this talk will navel gaze on aspects of previous national initiatives that many hoped would survive to help improve and shape NRM coast and marine integration. Can we resuscitate the integration of marine and coastal conservation into Natural Resource Management nationally? Some despair over the apparent failure of national strategies to deliver better coast and marine NRM outcomes over the last decade. However regional attempts to try to deliver better coast and marine outcomes, in the terrestrially dominated NRM world, should be attempted. Local efforts from a South Australian NRM region will be outlined.

Biography

Tony Flaherty, Manager, Coast and Marine – Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Department for Environment and Water.

In his role, Tony works with a small team to undertake amrien and coastal conservation works across the Adelaide region. The team also facilitates community awareness, monitoring and wildlife conservation projects. Tony previously worked as the South Australian and national coordinator for the Marine and Coastal Community Network.

About the Association

The Australian Coastal Society (ACS) was initiated at the Coast to Coast Conference in Tasmania in 2004. The idea was floated as a means for those interested in coastal matters to communicate between conferences and where possible take resolutions of the conference to appropriate levels of government.

The idea was discussed further at the Coast to Coast Conference in Melbourne in 2006 and it was agreed that Bruce Thom develop a constitution of a company limited by guarantee that would operate on a national basis.

This plan was accomplished and in 2008 at the Coast to Coast Conference in Darwin the constitution was ratified and an Executive appointed. The company received charitable status in 2011.

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