One Basin CRC

Unlocking collaborations for transformation

One Basin CRC

Unlocking collaborations for transformation

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The issue

This project aims to understand and influence how various stakeholders, including community groups, industries (i.e., irrigators) and others, will navigate challenges and seize opportunities anticipating transformative change and knowledge sharing in the MDB.

Anticipated industry outcomes and impacts encompass the identification of gaps in current practices (i.e., collaboration) and knowledge through stock takes, meta-analyses, and case studies. These activities will underscore the significance of data sharing.

Community-led projects that accelerate beneficial adaptations or transitions may be undertaken at a localised scale but often lose momentum due to a lack of sustained resourcing.

While local knowledge can be passed down within an organisation, it does not always extend beyond that community. This impacts decision makers (DMs) in small social enterprises operating with a localised social license, which requires their community's internal support and confidence.

The solution

For DMs to draw inspiration for their innovative programs from their community and gain market insights and knowledge from the outcomes and impact of past projects from other areas in the MDB, there needs to be a consolidation of knowledge and its presentation in accessible forms.

Without broader knowledge-sharing practices, DMs face two critical knowledge-based challenges: a clear understanding of other activities across the MDB and reliance on qualitative data that limits the use, justification, and scale of their programs, making it harder to access external resources.

The impact

Emerging from the co-design discussions with industry partners, we will explore themes such as community empowerment, engagement and collaboration, responding to change, and unintended consequences.

The expected outputs include reports, scientific publications, presentations of social network maps, case studies, and rapid prototyping of a data toolkit to enhance knowledge sharing and the value of Landcare, its collaborative reach, and project outcomes.

Key facts

  • Project co-design phase included 9 individuals from Landcare, research institutions, industry and government agencies
  • WMLIG to connect community / producer groups, and other relevant stakeholder to researchers to share reports and contributions
  • 11 member research project team from ANU, CSU and University of Sydney

Project Partners