History of an outcome

Collaboration on strategic approaches between NERP ED researchers and the Department of the Environment began early
in the Commonwealth Environment Research Facility (CERF) program, the program which preceded NERP. Early research on
conservation planning in urban environments by Sarah Bekessy and Ascelin Gordon at RMIT preceded a submission by CERF
researchers (led by Kirsten Parris) to the Hawke Review of the EPBC Act and involvement of Brendan Wintle in the Australian
Government’s regional sustainability planning advisory committee. Strategic approaches became a key recommendation
of the Hawke review and the Strategic Approaches Unit was formed. This Unit then approached NERP ED to undertake the
targeted research work described here.

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