Theme 7.0

Theme 7.0

Synthesising and building on research for greater impact

Projects will provide advice and support to improve approaches nationally for:
  • measuring uptake and impacts of environmental research
  • recovery planning for woodland Threatened Ecological Communities
  • strategic assessment via cross-Hub synthesis coordination
  • managing feral cats
  • national monitoring of threatened species
  • reducing the impacts from feral and overabundant herbivores
  • knowledge synthesis for fighting extinctions
  • biodiversity offsets policy and strategic planning 


Top image: Hugh MacGregor, Arid Recovery

Projects
Methods for measuring uptake and outcomes from environmental research

Methods for measuring uptake and outcomes from environmental research

7.1
This project will use TSR Hub research as a case study to understand how research undertaken to contribute to environmental outcomes can influence change. The project will develop measures for assessing research outcomes while research is underway.
Informing island eradications: Lessons learned

Informing island eradications: Lessons learned

7.10
Australia’s islands support a disproportionate number of threatened species, but also frequently habour many invasive species that threaten native wildlife. To date at least 240 vertebrate pests have been eradicated from over 170 Australian islands. This project will support better conservation decisions for managing Australia’s islands by synthesising knowledge and learning from previous management and eradication of invasive species on islands, and the some of the impacts of management on island ecosystems.
Conservation actions for Threatened Ecological Communities

Conservation actions for Threatened Ecological Communities

7.2
Recovery planning for threatened ecological communities could be improved by a formal process for generalising knowledge on ecosystem dynamics in response to multiple threats. This project aims to build on current progress in using State-Transition-Models (STMs) to support management decisions across many listed southern Australian eucalypt woodlands.
Assessing biodiversity and cultural values for single-site and multi-property development proposals in northern Australia

Assessing biodiversity and cultural values for single-site and multi-property development proposals in northern Australia

7.3
Development of northern Australia has the potential to have substantial impacts on the region’s unique cultural and biodiversity values. By better engaging Indigenous communities in the development assessment and decision-making process, more effective identification of where and how impacts are managed can occur. This project will examine how proactive, strategic planning can be harnessed to guide better impact assessments and decisions, and promote sustainable development in northern Australia’s Indigenous lands.
Cat impacts and management: Knowledge exchange for stakeholders

Cat impacts and management: Knowledge exchange for stakeholders

7.4
In recent years, there has been considerable research, including work carried out by the TSR Hub, to improve our understanding of the impacts of feral cats on native wildlife, and to improve our capacity to manage those impacts. In this project, we will synthesise information on cat impacts, cat management and how to measure the management effectiveness of cat control and investigate the most appropriate means to disseminate this information.
National monitoring priorities, process and prospectus for threatened species

National monitoring priorities, process and prospectus for threatened species

7.5
Monitoring should be a critical component of recovery for threatened species and ecological communities. This project aims to develop plans for monitoring programs for key groupings of threatened species, plus costed pathways for their implementation.
Managing impacts of feral and over-abundant herbivores on threatened species and ecological communities

Managing impacts of feral and over-abundant herbivores on threatened species and ecological communities

7.6
Efforts to conserve many of Australia’s threatened species and ecological communities are thwarted by vertebrate herbivores. Each year huge amounts of money and effort are spent controlling populations of feral and overabundant native herbivores, developing new control techniques, and manage their herbivore impacts more cost-effectively.
A knowledge synthesis to inform a national approach to fighting extinction

A knowledge synthesis to inform a national approach to fighting extinction

7.7
Collectively, a wealth of knowledge is held by managers, traditional owners and scientists across Australia about what we can do to improve the outlook for threatened species. However, further efforts are needed to draw this knowledge together into a coordinated assessment of options for mitigating key threats to threatened species. We propose to synthesise research and expertise across threatened species in Australia to generate and evaluate options for ensuring the persistence of threatened species, using the best available scientific and policy knowledge.
Translating research findings on offsets and strategic assessment to practice and policy

Translating research findings on offsets and strategic assessment to practice and policy

7.8
This project will translate the findings from Project 5.1 and its subcomponents to a series of user-friendly videos. These explanatory videos will step viewers through the key technical principles and concepts involved in offset design and delivery, as well as the key principles of strategic planning.
Integrated environmental assessment to inform environmental decisions

Integrated environmental assessment to inform environmental decisions

7.9
This cross-hub project draws on the considerable experience, regional knowledge, data and networks of the National Environmental Science Program hubs to develop a guide for best-practice integrated environmental assessment (IEA) in Australia. IEA is an interdisciplinary and policy-oriented process for combining knowledge from diverse scientific disciplines and knowledge systems to inform and enhance decision-making. Using northern Australia as the case study region, the project will develop and demonstrate the value of a holistic IEA approach to strategic decision-making for sustainable development. The primary output of this project will be a scoping report that provides a framework for undertaking successful IEAs in Australia.
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