Adelaide Zoo was the fitting venue for 25 Australian conservation practitioners who met early August to better suit the Open Standards to Natural Resource Management (NRM) planning, share innovations and to be part of the CCNetOz coordination committee.
Akin to the CCNet Global Rallies, the Muster allowed people to share, learn and experience how they can do their jobs better.
Two days were spent on NRM planning, with the basis for a new set of teaching materials developed, although finalization will probably take another 6-12 months of work by a small group of dedicated professionals. Key ideas gaining traction for integration into the Open Standards were:
- Collective impact – focusing on how different organizations can effectively work together on complex, deeply entrenched issues;
- Environmental accounting – tracking environmental health to build up accounts at the regional and national levels for better decision making (think Gross Domestic Product for the environment) and
- INFFER – a benefit/cost project accounting system that provides a great analysis tool for ranking projects within or between programs.
Responding to needs from a survey, the organizers put on interactive workshops covering aspects of the Open Standards: results chains, business planning, spatial prioritization, Miradi, monitoring plans, strategy selection, climate adaptation and the ‘implement, adapt, learn’ step.
These workshop were warmly received, with participants seeking more time (as usual) to explore content.
The materials will be mounted on the Australian CCNet website soon.