Good weed management planning begins with an agreed vision which guides strategy development that in turn guides plan development.
- The vision encapsulates or expresses the highest level goals or aims of the plan. An example would be “to significantly reduce the social, economic and environmental impact of weeds in the region”.
- The strategy sets out the higher level steps toward reaching the vision, such as “to prevent incursions of specific weeds identified as key threats to the region while reducing the impact of current priority weed species x & y and eradicating weed z”.
- The plan then sets out the detailed steps that need to be taken to achieve the strategy and vision.
Vision and strategy development are important because they can save resources and time that would otherwise be spent on unproductive activities (e.g. low priority species and/or locations; poor timing).
Federal and State laws and policies regarding climate change and weed control provide a framework for managing weeds for climate change.
- What is the region’s weed management vision and strategy? Download and review the Australian Weed Strategy (www.weeds.org.au/) and State strategies for guidance (https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/13-019).
- Have you engaged with regional stakeholders around these guides to develop a shared regional vision and strategies?
- Have you engaged with weeds experts to discuss an appropriate weeds vision and strategy for your region?
For further information on developing a vision and strategy for managing weeds under climate change, you can download the Weeds and Climate Change Technical Guide (PDF).