Cape York Natural Resource Management have a strong commitment to the delivery of regional base funds to community organisations and people of Cape York and work alongside land managers to support them to deliver stewardship and to care for country. This programme is delivering natural resource management services that aim to maintain and build ecosystem function and landscape resilience through improved water, soil, fire and integrated pest management. Key areas of focus include enhancing the ecological characteristics of Wetlands of National significance, including mitigating impacts on the Great Barrier Reef and benefiting regionally significant species, including migratory species and their habitats. Onground outcomes are being supported by strong community engagement and partnerships with land managers, agricultural and industry groups, universities, Indigenous communities, conservation groups and volunteers. The Regional landcare facilitator is supporting farmers, fishers and land managers to identify and adopt farm practices and land management practices to sustainably manage natural resources, to reduce agricultural emissions and adapt to changing climatic conditions.
Project Outcomes include:
- Maintaining and improving ecosystem services through sustainable management of local and regional landscapes.
- Increasing the number of farmers and fishers adopting practices that improve the quality of the natural resource base and the area of land over which those practices are applied.
- Increasing engagement and participation of the community including landcare groups, farmers and Indigenous people in sustainable resource management.
- Increasing restoration and rehabilitation of the natural environment including the protection and conservation of nationally and internationally significant species, ecosystems and ecological communities.