RDP – Regional Capacity Services

Over the years, the Australian Government has invested in environmental preservation, sustainable agriculture, and the management of natural resources (NRM). An evaluation of the National Landcare Program, supported by the Natural Heritage Trust, highlighted improvements at local and regional levels, resulting in the improvement of natural resources and the mitigation of threats to indigenous species and significant ecological areas. This investment has also encouraged the adoption of improved land management techniques, contributing to enhanced agricultural productivity.

Australia’s international commitments, as outlined in agreements such as the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, underscore the necessity for ongoing investments in NRM. In alignment with these obligations, the government endorses endeavours geared towards conserving biodiversity, fostering sustainable agriculture, and addressing challenges to ecosystems and species.

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment, and Water (DCCEEW), alongside the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry (DAFF), has established a consortium of regional partners tasked with delivering services across 52 management units throughout Australia. These partners will concentrate on enhancing regional capabilities and executing projects to achieve environmental and agricultural goals aligned with national priorities.

Projects in the Southern Gulf Management Unit

  1. Biodiversity and agricultural natural capital preparedness and emergency response in Southern Gulf Queensland
  2. Feathered Futures: Enhancing habitat for threatened birds
  3. Sustainable Agriculture Facilitator – Southern Gulf