INFFER™, the Investment Framework for Environmental Resources is an approach to developing, assessing and prioritising activities and projects aimed at addressing environmental issues. It is designed to help managers achieve the most valuable environmental outcomes with the available resources.

A common aim of organisations involved in protecting the environment is to make the best use of the money that is available, but the issues are complex and it is difficult to tell what uses would be the “best”. The development of INFFER was motivated by a belief that we could achieve a lot more with the available resources if they were allocated well and projects were clearly thought out and well designed.

INFFER assists decision makers to assess and rank environmental and natural resource projects, comparing aspects such as value for money, degrees of confidence in technical information and the likelihood of achieving stated goals.

INFFER aims to help people determine whether the environmental/natural resource projects they are investing in will deliver tangible results within budget; whether the tools and technical capacity needed to attain those results will be available to the project; and whether the people who need to come on board to make it happen will be there when the time comes for action.

INFFER is a comprehensive framework – all the necessary documents, tools, examples, FAQs and other information is available via this web site.

Getting started with INFFER

To get started, you might like to look at the following pages:

If you need resources that you can use off-line, you can download:

Detailed documentation for each step of the process is available as pdf files at the Seven-Step Process page

Partners in INFFER

INFFER was developed through a partnership between the University of Western Australia, the Future Farming Industries Cooperative Research Centre, Department of Primary Industries (Victoria) and the North Central Catchment Management Authority.

The current partners in INFFER are the University of Western Australia and Natural Decisions Pty Ltd. The tools and resources of INFFER remain freely available through this website and associated links with more detailed technical support such as training and consultancy available from Natural Decisions.

About Natural Decisions

Natural Decisions is a small independent company providing professional services to address real-world environmental decision-making problems in a creative and participatory way. To find out more about the services we provide please visit our website.