This month’s #PeopleOfNRM is NACC NRM’s new NARvis Project Officer – Amanda Bourne!
Amanda was born and raised in South Africa, in the beautiful city of Cape Town, and has spent the last 10 years living and working in the remote north of South Africa, in Namaqualand and the Kalahari.
Settling into Geraldton this month – after emigrating to WA in February, Amanda is excited to be joining the NACC NRM team and now calling the Northern Agricultural Region home!
“I am excited about the opportunity to work closely with local government, community groups, and farmers towards a sustainable future for people and biodiversity,” said Mrs Bourne, who also looks forward to returning to an applied role in natural resources planning and management after a few years dedicated to pure science research.
Amanda’s role at NACC NRM as the new NARvis Project Officer will see her responsible for updating the regional NRM plan, sourcing and reviewing the best available scientific and local knowledge to support NRM planning and investment in the region. In addition, Amanda will be consulting with stakeholder groups and communities in the region to ensure that the regional plan contains a collective vision for the future of the NAR that NACC NRM can contribute to.
First getting into natural resource management in school, Amanda has been working in sustainable agriculture and nature conservation for over 10 years – in places like the United Kingdom, Cape Town and Springbok – bringing a wealth of knowledge to the NACC NRM team!
Amanda recently spent four years in the Kalahari researching the impacts of climate change on Southern Pied Babblers – an opportunity that arose when she was working with Conservation International in Springbok and studying the impacts of high temperatures and drought on reproduction and survival in sheep and goats.
Needless to say, Amanda brings years of experience and extensive knowledge on natural resource management to the NACC NRM team!
Keep an eye out for surveys and feedback opportunities in the near future as Amanda will be engaging with the community to identify NRM priorities and goals! You can also expect to see some upcoming articles and progress updates about NARvis and what Amanda has been up to!