The RCS provides an integrated planning framework for managing land, water and biodiversity in the East Gippsland region for the next six years. In line with the requirements of the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (CaLP Act), the principal objectives of the strategy are to:
- establish a framework for the integrated and coordinated management of catchments; and,
- establish processes that can be used to assess the condition of the region’s land and water resources, and the effectiveness of land protection measures.
The RCS presents a planning framework which focuses on maintaining the condition and productivity (sustainability) of the natural assets of the region. The RCS uses a risk-based prioritisation process, based on an assessment of ‘the land and water resources of the catchments of the region and how they are used’ (CaLP Act).