in Natural Resource Management
We connect with people by developing trusted relationships based on shared knowledge and respect.
Ensuring technical knowledge is relevant, meaningful and able to be applied.
Empowering people to value their knowledge and to share this with others.
Creating vibrant communities by tailoring engagement approaches to meet their needs.
The 5Ps: Our stakeholder engagement approach
The Five Ps below highlight the full range of factors (social, economic, environmental and spiritual) that impact on natural resources management decision making.
Highlighting multiple benefits achieved through river restoration, including shelter, beneficial wildlife, living haystack, firewood, improved water quality – and a lovely place for families to spend time.
The role of science in providing confidence to act. Our approach brings together many years of scientific research and practical testing in real-life situations.
Valuing the experience and knowledge we all bring, and sharing what we know. Ttaking the time to build relationships, listen to each other and develop mutual respect.
Recognising and acknowledging our connection to country, including our ‘places’ as part of our identity, and as custodians of a place to be handed to the next generation.
Basing our relationships on trust, mutual respect and a discussion about expectations to ensure they are realistic, respectful and lasting.
When you pause and reflect on what each of these Five Ps mean for your project or activity, you end up running through a process that ensures social, economic and environmental factors are covered in an easy and intuitive way.
"The success of the program is greatly influenced by the tireless efforts of the Director Dr Siwan Lovett. I have known Siwan for many years, and could not think of a more dedicated advocate for rivers and wetlands. Central to her success is her clear philosophy that managing landscapes is about managing relationships. She helps her communities to see themselves, and the aquatic systems that they care about, as part of that same community. She has espoused this philosophy effectively and persuasively at every opportunity, and it has succeeded in changing the way both professionals and individuals across Australia see their restoration mission."
— Professor Ian Rutherfurd
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