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The Atlas

The Cape York NRM Plan is situated within a broader Atlas which provides opportunities for accessing, communicating, collecting, enhancing and sharing knowledge useful to planning and doing on-ground actions.
The Atlas consists of nine website components, which work together to collect and share information about land management on Cape York and provide tools to land managers to plan across scales, improve and target on-ground management and inform management actions.

For investors and the Cape York community, the Atlas also showcases the projects they have invested in and how these are meeting the priorities of the regional investment strategy and the NRM plan targets. The NRM plan also identifies future priorities for action and investment, as described in each of the pages of target and adaptation pathways.

Cape York NRM Home

Cape York NRM Home is the main corporate site for information about the organisation, what it does, its projects and partners. Information about government investment can be found here, along with information on the social, cultural and environmental values of Cape York.

Natural Resource Management Plan

The NRM Plan pulls the Atlas together into a plan and provides a framework for natural resource management planning on Cape York. The site documents Cape York’s planning history, and shows the process and principles Cape York NRM used to plan. It lays out options for future land management, especially in the face of climate change impacts, and is informed by local monitoring and land management practices, the best and most current regional and national science, and Traditional Knowledge. Eight adaptation pathways are shown within this site that identifies ways to work towards achieving eight NRM targets. The pathways and targets were identified through extensive engagement with land and sea managers from across Cape York. The site also identifies Cape York NRM’s current Regional Investment Strategy. Importantly the site identifies projects that Cape York NRM and the Cape York community are working on already that assist in reaching the NRM plan targets.

Carbon, Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Carbon, Ecosystems and Biodiversity is a sub-site of Maps & Data. It is a mapping tool for carbon abatement, savannah burning, threatened species distribution and hotspots, and ecosystem service values. Individual property maps can be downloaded from the site, and the site provides access to the SAVBAT tool. These are useful for landholders to determine the opportunities for engaging in the Savannah Burning economy.

Who Plans Here

Who.Plans.Here. is a tool to locate plans that are in place for Cape York localities. Cape York NRM has over 50 plans available on the site (with many more to come). Plans can be located by searching a selected area on a Cape York map. Plans that Cape York NRM has permission to share will be displayed, with options to download, or contact the Plan owner. This site gives voice to all the planning being done on Cape York across multiple scales.

Maps and Data

Maps & Data powers most of the repository and spatial data management for the Cape York NRM ATLAS websites. Items such as maps, documents and data are referenced as resources on this site. NRM groups, agencies, and community members who have an interest in leveraging these data holdings for further public good and for planning their on-ground NRM projects will find this site useful.

Land manager

Land Manager is a collection of case-studies, stories and tools, providing information about managing Cape York’s land and sea country. It is designed for graziers, horticulturalists, rangers, Land Trusts, researchers and anyone who works on the land and sea. Cape York people are encouraged to tell their stories on this site,

and share their knowledge about land management practices that work (or don’t work) on the Cape. It also provides a place where service providers who regularly work on the Cape can promote their services.

Adapt: Climate Stories

ADAPT: Climate Stories is a collection of films, stories and resources about Climate Change on Cape York, in Australia and from across the World. Cape York NRM is proud to have produced a series of films from across Cape York, that shares the climate change concerns of Traditional Owners. The site is also home to resources from CSIRO, James Cook University and the Bureau of Meteorology and the products from Wet Tropics Cluster Planning for Climate Change Stream 2 Research project. Stream 2 is a National Science Initiative that developed information and tools to support NRM planning for Climate Change.


Fire on the Cape is a collection of knowledge, tools and resources for best practice fire management for Cape York. It incorporates principles from Traditional Knowledge holders and western fire management practice. The site links with Carbon, Ecosystems and Biodiversity, to Northern Fire Manager that hosts Northern Australia Fire Mapping (NAFI), and to Cape York Fire that contains films from Cape York Indigenous fire workshops. Some of the resources include: the past 15 years of fire history on Cape York; news, stories and presentations on fire management; and a map showing current fire management plans and savannah burning projects.


Water Quality a site all about water on Cape York. It incorporates the East Coast Water Quality Improvement Plan, and other information about looking after Cape York’s precious water resources.

Living Knowledge Place

The Living Knowledge Place is home to a collection of films and educational resources sharing Traditional Knowledge from across Australia. The Living Knowledge Place has its own entry point on the Atlas and has been developed by Mulong Productions with Indigenous communities from across Australia.

Partner Programs

Partner programs is a sub-site of the main corporate site, and is a place that showcases initiatives of partnerships that Cape York NRM has contributed to developing.