The vision and goal statements were developed through a review of the previous versions of the strategy and extensive consultation with the natural resource management community in the Northern Agricultural Region via a series of workshops and an online survey.
We conducted 12 thematic consultation workshops (six online and six in person) with a total of 135 local experts and interested parties, including farmers, Traditional Custodians, government officials, research scientists, community environmental group members and representatives of conservation NGOs and producer groups. These workshops focused on collectively developing and refining the vision statements and targets.
We then presented the draft vision and goal statements for public comment via an online survey and received a further 26 responses.
In the online survey, respondents were presented with the draft vision statement and a series of up to five goal statements for each theme. They were asked to indicate whether they liked the statement as is or whether they felt the statement could be improved. If they indicated that the statement could be improved, they were asked to make specific suggestions for improvements.
There were 42 questions in the survey, pertaining to 9 vision statements and 33 goal statements. Respondents were not required to complete all questions and could navigate directly to, and choose to complete, only the questions relating to the themes of interest to them. Of a possible 1,092 answers from 26 respondents, we received 600 answers and the remaining 492 questions were left blank. All respondents answered the question relating to the overall NARvis Vision. Respondents answered 23 questions and completed the questions for four themes on average. Of the 600 answers we received, 583 (84%) selected ‘I like this’. Of the 97 ‘We can do better’ answers we received, 79 (81%) included suggestions on how the vision or goal statement could be improved, which we have incorporated into the final vision and goal statements, or the final indicative actions, wherever possible and where these suggestions did not conflict with statements that other respondents indicated they had liked.