A particular challenge for the hub is the inter-dependant nature of the hub’s research activities and outputs. Most of the outputs relevant to planning and policy require the integration of research findings from multiple disciplines and multiple projects.
A major role of the Communications Theme is achieving a shared understanding of the integration process that enables the outputs of the individual research projects to come together at the appropriate time and in compatible forms.
Theme 1 also focuses on consolidating relationships between the hub's researchers and three main stakeholder groups that represent the hub’s primary research users:
The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, via our Canberra based knowledge manager that is an important link between the hub and the Strategic Approaches Branch in the department.
The Australian Alps Liaison Committee, representing the four jurisdictions responsible for management of Australia’s alpine conservation areas (NSW, VIC, ACT and the Australian Government).
The Tasmanian Healthy Landscapes Alliance, which represents state agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs) involved in biodiversity conservation.
Theme 1 also fosters understanding among the hub’s researchers of the links between the research program and policy areas within the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities policy areas, particularly the Regional Sustainability Planning teams in the department's Strategic Approaches Branch.
A major focus for the Theme is ensuring the hub’s research and outputs are relevant to sustainability policy and strategic approaches to conservation of biodiversity at landscape and regional scales.