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Department for Environment and Water Corporate Plan and Action Plan 2019-20

DEW have developed a Corporate Plan and Action Plan to communicate our vision, purpose, what success looks like, and how we’ll get there.

Reconciliation Action Plan

DEW's Reconciliation Action Plan 2017 - 2019 is a practical plan for action built on relationships, respect and opportunities. The Plan was created by DEW staff and DEW's Reconciliation Sub-Committee of Executive lead the plan's implementation.

State Natural Resources Management Plan

The Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation is responsible for preparing and maintaining the State Natural Resources Management Plan. Our Place. Our Future. State Natural Resources Management Plan 2012-2017 sets a long term vision and goals, with priorities identified for the next five years.
The Plan contains policy for the overarching management of South Australia's natural resources. It provides a framework for all natural resources management initiatives, including regional NRM Plans and agency activities. 

Regional Natural Resources Management Plans

There are eight regional NRM boards in South Australia, each responsible for developing a regional NRM plan that balances the needs of the community, industry and environment in their region. These plans are prepared together with the community, industry and government agencies and are approved by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation.

Water Allocation Plans

Regional NRM boards also use the Regional and State NRM Plans to guide the development of Water Allocation Plans (WAP). Designed to ensure the responsible allocation and management of water resources, each WAP is developed in consultation with the department, the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation and the community.

Note: Kangaroo Island NRM Region does not publish a separate WAP, their Water Resources Management policies are outlined in Volume 3 of their regional NRM Plan

Water For Good Plan

This plan was developed by the South Australian Government in 2009 to provide our state with the most secure water supply system in southern Australia. Its vision is that Greater Adelaide will not need water restrictions – beyond permanent water conservation measures – more than once in every 100 years. The plan outlines 94 actions we are taking to create more water and to better use the water that we do have. 

Climate change framework

The Climate Change Adaptation Framework for South Australia sets the foundation to develop well-informed and timely actions to be better prepared for the impacts of climate change.  It is intended to guide action by government agencies, local government, non-government organisations, business and the community.

State-wide park strategies 

There are a number of strategies and policies in place to help us manage South Australia’s parks and reserves.

Park management plans

Park management plans set management directions for individual parks.

Other natural resources plans

Due to the size of some of the regions, environmental diversity within regions is expanded on and managed by additional or issue specific plans.

Other types of plans include:

  • land management plans
  • coastal plans
  • estuary plans
  • pest management plans.

These plans can be found on the regional Natural Resources' websites.

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