Systems and Services Program
The purpose of the Systems and Services Program is to promote healthy and resilient ecosystems to provide ongoing ecosystem services.
Our principles for investment are:
- A system is a collection of physical, biological and sociological components that are interconnected with each other defined spatially or by an arbitrary functional boundary.
- Services includes the concepts of both “ecosystem services” (processes performed by ecosystems that benefit humans) and “conservation services” (processes performed by ecosystems that benefit the biota that depend on them).
- We use resilience thinking and systems-based planning to develop and deliver our projects.
- Projects should aim to deliver triple-bottom line benefits.
- Focal systems must have communities with a minimum degree of cohesiveness and shared purpose to facilitate efficient and effective project delivery.
- We must have access to some minimum level of data about the social, economic and ecological assets/ values of an area to delineate it as a system and hence invest there.
- We aim for a balanced portfolio with some small-scale and some large-scale systems addressed.
- We will initially focus on a sub-set of systems delineated as Local Landscapes in the Murray Catchment Action Plan – we will refine and modify the system delineation for each project based on local community input.
- We avoid duplication in our work – we ensure that there’s something happening across the entire region that suits the landscape and community, whether that’s a System-based project or a revegetation project or a threatened species project.
Our focus over the medium term covers the following priorities:
- Edward-Wakool River System
- Billabong-Yanco Creek System
- Upper Murray Region
- Carbon storage and biodiversity enhancement services delivered by rain-filled wetlands
- Well-being enhancement services delivered by natural areas
- Billabong-Yanco System Project
- Edward-Wakool System Project
- Upper Murray Key Threats Project
- Murray Wetland Carbon Storage Project
See more on our Systems and Services Program on the Australian Government’s MERIT website.