The Hawke Review in 2009 reviewed Australia’s key piece of environmental legislation, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC), recommending that we need to lift the scale at which we manage Australia’s biological diversity from that of species and communities to include consideration of whole landscapes and ecosystems.
Focusing on two contrasting landscapes, the Tasmanian Midlands and Australian Alps, the research hub is taking up the challenge outlined by the Hawke Review.
Focusing on two contrasting landscapes, the Tasmanian Midlands and Australian Alps, the research hub is developing tools, techniques and policy options that enable managers and policy makers to integrate biodiversity conservation into regional scale planning and assessment.
The researchers are collaborating to explore the likely implications of different scenarios of climate change, land use, land management, demographics, infrastructure development, and other human and natural influences on ecosystem services and habitat suitability for selected species of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and plants.
The research hub is reviewing a range of planning processes, policies and institutional arrangements related to fire risk, water yield, carbon sequestration, and human social and economic well‑being. These will be assessed using ecological analysis, modelling, experimental economics, and social and institutional research.
The leading social and biophysical researchers are from the University of Tasmania (UTAS), the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC), The Australian National University (ANU), Murdoch University, Griffith University and Charles Sturt University (CSU).
Our researchers work in collaboration with people and land managers, conservation organisations and natural resource management departments at all levels of government who focus on 'Matters of National Significance'. To date this includes the Australian Government's Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, the Australian Alps Liaison Committee, the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Parks Victoria, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (NPWS) and regional natural resource management organisations.
A full list of contributing researchers can be found here.
The Landscapes & Policy Research Hub is supported with four years of funding from the Australian Government’s National Environmental Research Program (2011 to 2014).