Healthy, sustainable and productive land, water and biodiversity maintained through integrated catchment management that is strongly community based, regionally focused and collaborative.
The Vic Catchments forum was established in February 2017 and its purpose, as an unincorporated body based on a collegiate agreement between the ten Victorian Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), is to showcase Victoria’s integrated catchment management framework.
Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) are responsible for the integrated planning and coordination of land, water and biodiversity management in each catchment and land protection regions. Each Catchment Management Authority is structured to maximise community involvement in decision-making.
Visit the Actions and Achievements page to explore the incredible work going on around the state. You can find further information about the important projects and daily work CMAs are undertaking with the community by visiting their websites, the details are on our Contact Us page.
Vic Catchments Forum Charter
This document outlines the background and purpose of Vic Catchments, its role, strategic aims, objectives and operations. It also outlines the roles of the forum chairperson, members and executive.
The following goals and actions will address the current challenges in our catchment management framework.
Goal 1: Effective community engagement in catchment management
Our Promise to Our Communities and Partners: Community Engagement and Partnership Framework and Toolkit (PDF)
Victorian CMAs have a long and successful history of collaborating with their local communities and establishing productive partnerships for integrated catchment management outcomes. This Framework builds on this strong foundation and encourages ongoing commitment, resourcing, skill development and continuous improvement to this practice across the State.
Victorian CMAs acknowledge and respect Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities and organisations. We recognise the diversity of their cultures and the deep connections they have with Victoria’s lands and waters. We value partnerships with them for the health of people and country. CMAs seek to fulfil particular roles and responsibilities in enabling effective Aboriginal participation in natural resource management by following the Guidelines outlined in the CMA Aboriginal Participation Guidelines: