Burning questions for black cockatoos

Burning questions for black cockatoos

The gregarious Carnaby’s cockatoo are such a common sight in Perth that it is easy to forget they are endangered, and that the urban and agricultural expansion of south-western Australia has removed the bulk of their habitat. How we manage their remaining habitat will have important consequences for the species’ survival. To understand how fire […]

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Jane Catford with Don Driscoll in dense sward of canary grass. This
species is a known invasive plant but new varieties are still being developed for pasture. (Photo by Stuart Hay)

Stopping new pasture varieties becoming tomorrow’s weeds

Hundreds of the invasive plant species that now inflict major environmental and economic damage in Australia were originally developed and distributed as pasture species. What a perverse outcome. What’s worse, we don’t seem to have learnt from these mistakes. Agricultural weeds cost Australia an estimated $4 billion every year, and the environmental damage is thought […]

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Booderee National Park Project Officer Nick Dexter (foreground)
discusses Bitou bush control with scientists and managers during a
science workshop in the park. The science/management relationship
that has been cultivated at Booderee has made an important
contribution to conservation outcomes in the coastal reserve.

Lessons from CERF & NERP

Lessons from CERF & NERP Transdisciplinary research, involving close collaboration between researchers and the users of research, has been a feature of environmental problem solving for several decades, often spurred by the need to find negotiated outcomes to intractable problems. In 2005, the Australian Government allocated funding through its environment portfolio for public good research, […]

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Summer research across the divide

How can science better engage with policy? It’s an enduring, seemingly intractable problem. Both sides – scientists and policy people – want a better more productive engagement but all too often it fails to happen. NERP ED wondered if we couldn’t throw a bit of light on this issue by getting undergraduate summer students to […]

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An offsets calculator

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation. It regulates impacts on matters of national environmental significance, such as nationally threatened species and world heritage areas as well as actions that involve the Commonwealth. Developed following broad consultation, the ‘EPBC Act environmental offsets policy’ was released […]

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EDG researcher Phil Gibbons (on the right) talking about biodiversity
offsets out in the field with a local government conservation manager.
Researchers need to work with managers and decision makers as they
do their science if they are to bridge the implementation divide

NERP ED Hub: 2011-2015

The Environmental Decisions Hub (ED Hub) of the National Environmental Research Program was formally established in July 2011 and finished in June 2015. After all the progress reports (we produced one every six months for the Commonwealth Department of the Environment), workshops (we ran over 30 formal workshops and many more smaller informal meetings), scientific papers (we published well over 250 peer-reviewed papers, books and book chapters), presentations, press releases and forty issues of Decision Point – what more is there to say?

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