Rising Strong: Regional collaboration yields results

Working together to tackle Climate Change

Rising Strong: Regional collaboration yields results

Working together to tackle Climate Change

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The issue

Seeking funding is a time-consuming business, and when many Landcare groups apply for the same funding programs we often end up competing.  Many issues facing our communities are common across broad geographic areas, and are larger than can be tackled effectively than by one group alone.

The solution

On the North Coast, our networks are increasingly coming together to co-design collaborative projects.  This means that we can apply for larger funding programs with greater load sharing and are potentially greater success.  With the support of our Regional Landcare Facilitator (RLF) and the North Coast Regional Landcare Network, the 5 northernmost local Landcare networks (Tweed Landcare Inc, Brunswick Valley Landcare Inc, Richmond Landcare Inc, Border Ranges-Richmond Valley Landcare Inc and Upper Clarence Combined Landcare Inc) came together in 2017 to develop a collaborative project on Climate Change Adaptation. 

A region-wide climate change adaptation education project was developed called ‘Building BioBridges for a shifting Climate’.  This included an education and awareness raising component which was submitted to the 2017 round of the NSW Environmental Trust’s Education program, and funded in 2018.  The project, titled ‘Rising strong: Conserving Biodiversity in a changing climate’ is seen as the forerunner to the long-term goal of building on-ground climate change corridors across the area.  By working together, the networks will share the project tasks and guide the roll-out of the project as a steering committee.  Funding for a project manager and officer meant more employment in our area and expanding the impact of the team.  Landcare networks will deliver local workshops and engagement activities paid for by the ET grant.  LLCI funding supports the staff time to contribute to the project.

The impact

This education program will empower the community of the Northern Rivers to rise strong and take action.  Participants will learn current climate change science and the predicted impacts on the area’s unique World Heritage listed plants and animals.  This project will see more landowners in key areas undertake activities that will help conserve biodiversity in a changing climate. 

Learnings

The benefits of co-designing projects across networks are substantial.  By selecting topics that are relevant to all we increase collaboration and regional impact.  Bringing the skills of multiple coordinators to bear on a project design produces high quality projects, which can then be readily adjusted for grant applications. This process does rely on facilitation by an individual, in this case the RLF. Without this role, it is unlikely that this collaboration would have occurred.

Key facts

  • 5 Landcare networks collaborating on project design facilitated by RLF
  • 1 strong shelf project on regionally-relevant topic
  • Successful Environmental Trust Education application value $92k
  • 2 new paid staff roles
  • Foundation for future collaborative projects established
  • LLCI funding for staff time enabled project development and roll out, securing additional funding for local action.

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