Timely access to information and analysis relating to natural assets is essential for decision making, program design and implementation. Knowledge management is the process of capturing, storing, and organising information, data and analyses. It ensures that the collective intellectual capital of individuals, organisations and networks can be made available and accessible to decision makers, planners, legislators and investors.
The key holders of knowledge in the Region are state government agencies, Landgate (through the SLIP portal), the WA Local Government Association, local government, non-government organisations, universities and research institutions and a number of community and natural resource management organisations.
There are many public, private and community-based organisations across the Region with a strong history of collecting data and generating knowledge in natural resource management. From universities through to citizen science programs, knowledge can be gathered in a range of different ways.
4.1 Research, development and innovation are focussed on critical needs and knowledge gaps
4.2 Essential knowledge for protecting and managing natural assets is compiled, accessible and used to make decisions and design programs
4.3 Traditional ecological knowledge is recognised and considered alongside contemporary natural resource management knowledge
4.4 The approach to managing natural resources in the Region is being monitored, evaluated, reported on and improved