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The term community has many meanings but it is defined here as the community living and working in the Great Southern. Everyone has a role in managing the natural resources of the region, whether it involves using dieback hygiene measures for vehicles, adopting urban water efficiency measures, active participation in a local community stewardship program, or through a large-scale catchment group activity. Although there are many programs for community engagement in the Great Southern there is still a need to improve methods for increasing awareness, changing behaviour and evaluating practice change. Although much of the NRM activity in the past has focussed on agricultural areas, most of the people in the Great Southern live in urban areas and urbanization is increasing. It is therefore also important to consider how to engage urban citizens in NRM, how to improve urban planning and the impact of urban communities on natural resources.
Community Engagement and Practice Change
Although some of the community are involved in NRM a large proportion are still unaware of some of the major NRM problems in the region. It is important to engage the community much more widely and to determine whether measures designed increase awareness and change behaviour are actually changing NRM practices.
Urban Communities, Design and Planning