Our Catchments, Our
Communities is the first statewide strategy for integrated catchment management in Victoria. It has been developed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and catchment management authorities (CMAs) to strengthen integrated catchment management across Victoria.
Our Catchments, Our
Communities confirms the Victorian Government's commitment to managing our catchments to benefit our environment, our community and our economy. It is focused on how we manage the state's natural resources by ensuring catchment management partners work better together. It complements Victoria's new
directions for water, biodiversity and climate change.
Our Catchments, Our Communities strategy PDF [PDF File - 4.4 MB] [MS Word Document - 165.6 KB]
Sheet: Our Catchments, Our Communities
Integrated Catchment Management in Victoria 2016- 19 [PDF File - 816.0 KB] [MS Word Document - 2.2 MB]
Integrated catchment management recognises that land, water and biodiversity are all part of a connected environment that spans from the top of a catchment down to the coast and related marine environments. It acknowledges the intrinsic values of our environment and that healthy catchments underpin
regional economies and provide social and recreational benefits for the community.
Healthy, sustainable and productive land, water and biodiversity maintained through integrated catchment management that is strongly community based, regionally focused and collaborative.
Our Goals and Actions
Through Our Catchment,
Our Communities, we will work towards:
- Effective community engagement in catchment management
- Better connections between state, regional and local planning
- Strengthened implementation of regional catchment strategies
- Clearer roles, strengthened accountability and coordination
- Improved monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
The strategy's 10 actions to achieve these goals:
- Strengthen the diversity and equity of community representation in the catchment and land protection advisory system
- Strengthen community engagement in regional planning and implementation
- Ensure alignment between state, regional and local plans that impact on land, water, biodiversity and regional catchment strategies
- Incorporate key improvements for integrated catchment management in the next round of Regional Catchment Strategies
- Implement an investment framework that supports the coordination and accountability for the delivery of regional catchment strategy priorities
- Improve regional investment processes to strengthen the engagement of regional partners in priority setting, allocation of funds and leveraging
- Improve accountability of catchment management partners
- Strengthen coordination between key catchment management partners
- Improve state and regional catchment reporting
- Ensure the evidence base, including research and development, and monitoring, evaluation and reporting, supports and informs planning and adaptive management.
The Victorian Government provided $22 million in the 2016/17 Victorian State Budget to implement Our
Catchments, Our Communities over the next four years and ensure Victoria's approach to catchment management is ready for future environmental and economic challenges and opportunities.
CMAs, DELWP, catchment management partners and community networks will implement the strategy through partnerships and coordinated planning, investment and on ground activities.
At least 10 integrated catchment management projects will be delivered across Victoria by CMAs and their regional partners and communities.
CMAs will coordinate the development of the projects in each region.
If you have any questions about the strategy and how it will be implemented, please contact:
Manager Catchment Planning and Investment
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
T: 03 9637 8960 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Catchments, Our Communities includes
case studies that describe numerous programs and activities across Victoria's
10 regions that are already working to strengthen integrated catchment
management and improve the condition of our catchments. Further examples can be
found in the following Regional Case Studies document.
Our Catchments, Our Communities Regional Case
Studies [PDF File - 13.1 MB] [MS Word Document - 59.7 KB]
A series of fact sheets have been developed to further explain
integrated catchment management in Victoria.
They cover a range of topics – from a brief overview of Victoria's
catchment management framework to CMAs and the Victorian Catchment Management
Council. They also include the role of monitoring, evaluation and
reporting, the legislative and policy framework for ICM and an overview of waterway
management in Victoria. These can be found on the Catchment Management
If you have any questions about catchment management or regional catchment strategies, please visit one of the following CMA websites :