Social - Ecological Systems

Planning and Action at Whole-of-Catchment and Sub-Catchment Social-Ecological System Scales

 A catchment-scale approach and local action are required to respond to issues such as climate variability, floods and fire. The landscape, people, threats and priorities differ across the landscape. Six social-ecological systems (SESs) were identified within the catchment in the RCS through consultation and research. These landscapes don’t have sharp boundaries, but they do share common social, ecological, economic, political, cultural and biophysical characteristics which give them a unique identity, in terms of community and landscapes.

Understanding these individual systems and identifying their drivers, threats and thresholds helps managers to develop strategies, including the Waterway Strategy, to keep the system within limits, where appropriate.

Priority waterways and types of actions (outcomes) were identified for each SES as examples of what will be prioritised through the life of the waterway strategy. The target of investment over the next eight years will be on priority waterways and wetlands within the six Social Ecological Systems (Agricultural Floodplains, Productive Plains, Commuting Hills, Southern Forests, Upland Slopes and Urban Centres).

Goulburn Broken CMA SES Map

Agricultural Floodplains

Productive Plains

Upland Slopes

Commuting Hills

 Southern Forests

 Urban Centres