Australia: The Northern Agricultural Catchments Council of Western Australia (NACC) worked closely with Esri Australia to develop an interactive mapping portal called NARvis – short for the Northern Agricultural Region vision – to help decision makers build a sustainable future for the region.
According to NACC GIS coordinator Emma Jackson, NARvis will eventually replace the existing ‘Natural Resource Management Strategy of the Northern Agricultural Region’ report, and is set to help decision makers combat climate change, maintain sustainable natural resources, and create investment opportunities for future environmental developments. “The Northern Agricultural Region is recognised as a biodiversity hotspot, both nationally and internationally, but it also relies on strong agriculture and mining to maintain a viable economy,” Jackson said. “Key to ensuring these projects are successful is community engagement – which is why we have used GIS technology to make our project data accessible to the public through the portal. GIS technology visually represents our data in the user friendly format of an online map, so the community can easily interpret information, collaborate with us and contribute to ensuring the region’s future”, she added.