Traditional custodian Wally Bell talking with landholders at the Breadalbane workshop.

“Our work, our relationships, and our lives succeed or fail one conversation at a time. While no single conversation is guaranteed to transform a company, a relationship, or a life, any single conversation can. Speak and listen as if this is the most important conversation you will ever have with this person. It could be. Participate as if it matters. It does.”

Susan Scott, Fierce Conversations

Social Outcomes:

In addition to the biophysical measures are the qualitative measures we use to evaluate our work.  We use narrative capture, video, interviews and surveys to find out how our work inspires and supports behavioural change.  The best way to discover the outcomes of our work is to go through the different events we have held, as we always include a video or survey that captures what people think about their work and relationship with Rivers of Carbon.  In the video below Siwan explains how relationships are fundamentally important in the Rivers of Carbon program, and the quality of conversation you have with people defines that relationship.

When we go out to talk to landholders we ask them about their experience with the Rivers of Carbon program and share their responses with our funding agencies to get an understanding of the social impact of our work.  Here are a few quotes from our landholder visits where we have been redoing RARCs and asking them how they have found the experience of working with us:

The RoC program has helped me to almost totally rehabilitate a gully site affected by erosion and salinity issues (Alan Della)

Livestock do much better when excluded from gullies, and the fencing has also resulted in natural regeneration of native vegetation (Rob Fraser)

The birdlife has increased with revegetation, and the fenced out gully area becomes a fodder bank for dry times (Tom McCormack)

The RoC program staff have a good understanding of farmers’ needs, matching conservation to the farm plan (Ben Noble)

Being involved with RoC has complemented my holistic management approach to grazing (Matt Doyle)

The RoC program has resulted in a big difference on the ground, with a lot more regeneration of casuarinas (Shaun Young)

I plan to continue revegetating my stretch of the Numeralla River and involve neighbours in improving fish habitat (Brett Jones)

The RoC program encourages and helps people to do work that they otherwise may not do (Richard & Patricia Wilkinson)

These quotes mean so much to our team, as they are spoken by our partners – the landholders – who match every cent we provide with their own money and labor.  It is a privilege to work with these great people and we share in their pleasure and satisfaction when they see the health of their river and riparian area improve and, eventually, thrive.