We worked with Griffith University on a project to develop a long-term monitoring framework to guide the establishment of a monitoring program, and to support environment outcomes reporting for the Regional Land Partnerships (RLP) Program.
RLP is investing in 4 key environmental outcomes of national responsibility:
- Ramsar wetlands
- threatened species
- World Heritage sites
- threatened ecological communities.
We will use the long-term monitoring framework to help evaluate if RLP is on track in achieving these outcomes at a national, regional and local level.
There is a widespread lack of consistent long-term data to monitor natural resource management (NRM) outcomes across Australia, making it difficult to assess and quantify the effectiveness of investments. Once in place, the program will help to ensure the evaluation process for NRM programs is robust and assess how programs, such as RLP, are tracking.
The program will help to assess if RLP outcomes are being achieved over the medium to long term, and help identify areas for improvement. The framework aims to enhance ecological monitoring and evaluation at the project level as well as promoting a culture of robust long-term ecological monitoring and evaluation for NRM in Australia more broadly.
An evaluation of RLP will be undertaken midway through the program (2021) and at the end of the program (2023). Evaluation of the program will draw on proponent-led evaluation and outputs from the long-term monitoring program. The evaluation will be important to inform future NRM investment, policy and adaptive management.