Assets are defined as spatially explicit and locally or regionally important natural resources located within the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR), including highly productive agricultural land, wetlands, river systems or parts thereof, native vegetation, individual plant and animal species or water resources such as reservoirs and aquifers. The current NAR Asset Register was developed during four combined community and expert workshops held around the region in 2012. Facilitators used the INFFER process (Investment Framework for Environmental Resources) to collectively identify and prioritise ~200 assets during these workshops.
The asset register highlights most of the important rivers and estuaries, many threatened fauna, flora and ecological communities and some important patches of remnant vegetation. Most but not all assets underwent a filtering process with prioritisation based on expert opinion. The register is comprehensive, but not complete, and is a living document last updated in 2021.