|Adapted from AGR237
This assessment can be used to create a plan for the future in many contexts such as business plan.
You are required to present a Report, with accompanying overlay, which presents a Plan for the medium to longer term development (ie, 5-10 years) of the business including considerations of social, environmental and economic impacts (biophysical resources and associated infrastructure of a property, for example) and which sets out to achieve sustainability outcomes.
This Plan will consist of the following components, in this suggested order:
- Vision and Goals for the Business
This section builds on the preliminary statements of sustainability goals devised for Assignment 1.
A statement of the overarching vision and goals of the business for the medium to longer term (ie, 5-10 years), with a particular emphasis upon the emissions, biodiversity, polution, ie, a strong vision for sustainability. The vision is a short statement which seeks to answer the questions: “Why are we in business? What are our core values which motivate us? Why are we in this for the long haul?” “How can we make this business and social, environmental and economic context more sustainable?” Strategic (medium to long term) Goals are then derived from this vision and indicate the nature and future shape of the farm business, ie, “These are our long term aims to achieve this vision.”
- S.W.O.T Analysis
An analysis of the strategic issues and opportunities of the farming business using the S.W.O.T. technique. Note: there are variants on the theme of S.W.O.T which may also be used. Carry out a S.W.O.T analysis of the business. This should incorporate factors relevant to the overall goals of the business.
Some may prefer to conduct a S.W.O.T prior to developing their Vision and Goals. That is fine. There is no fixed rule on this.
- Objectives and Strategies: the Plan of Action (with rationale)
A set of objectives and strategies that address the goals and issues arising from the Audit/S.W.O.T analysis and which are based on the principles and practices that lead to more sustainable land use. One suggested way of approaching this is to consider your ‘plan for the future’ as a series of (not too many, say up to 3-4) development projects to be carried out on the property over say the next 5 or so years.
The written report will explain how these plans were developed, and why they will lead to sustainable use of resources.
The report might cover strategies for soil/land management; water resources management; vegetation management (in particular the restoration and management of native vegetation both existing and replanted); infrastructure development, waste management, emissions and energy consumption, buiodiversity.
Your assessment should include a discussion of any external impacts of your proposed developments and works, eg, any downstream effects of water resource development.
Where plans may be subject to statutory regulations (eg, management of native vegetation, fauna, waste management) these requirements should be researched. Clearly, it is an expectation that your Plan will only describe activities which are legal!
Provide details of how your strategies will be implemented, including discussion of priorities and timeframe (eg, phasing in stages) for implementation, but don’t go as far as day to day operational details.
- Review and reflection of the property planning process
Finally, as a final concluding section of the Plan report, write a 1-2 page commentary of your reflections on the process of preparing a plan: what have you learnt from this process? What worked, what didn’t and why? Were there any major impediments to carrying out the process? How might we improve the learning process?
Reflect back to your Project Plan/Gantt Chart and compare this against the reality of the process as it unfolded through the semester. How feasible and realistic was your Project Management Planning? What have you learnt? Would you do anything different if you were to do it again, but better?