Resilience approach

A resilience approach was used to guide the strategy renewal. It continues the catchment’s proud history of resilience thinking and uses the global Wayfinder resilience guide. The approach involved:

  • increasing buy-in and collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • understanding system components and connections, including community values and sustainability challenges
  • identifying system tipping points and possible future trajectories
  • developing and prioritising actions for change.

What is resilience?

Resilience is the capacity of people and the environment to absorb a shock or setback and to flourish in spite of it. It is the capacity to cope with change and continue to evolve positively.

Applying resilience in practice requires an understanding of how a system’s resilience changes over time, what causes change and where and how to intervene to influence future direction.

What does it mean for NRM?

A resilience approach focuses on the connections between people and nature and how these connections change. It allows us to consider the point when change could completely transform our social and ecological systems.

Consistent systems are called social-ecological systems and exist at a range of connected scales, from farm to local area to whole-of-catchment.

Increasing the resilience of our social-ecological systems increases capacity to sustain human well-being in the face of disturbance and change by buffering shocks and adapting or transforming. The resilience approach recognises the importance of identifying drivers of change and planning how to adapt to the risks and opportunities.

Key resilience concepts

Further information

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