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By Suzie Gaynor
A new research collaboration based at the University of Tasmania will focus on integrating science and policy for biodiversity conservation at a landscape scale.
The Landscapes & Policy Research Hub is one of five new national research hubs recently funded to study biodiversity conservation supported by the National Environmental Research Program (NERP) over the next four years.
Focusing on two contrasting landscapes of the Australian Alps and the Tasmanian Midlands, the research hub is developing tools, techniques and policy pathways to integrate biodiversity into regional planning.
The hub is placing particular emphasis on the species and communities listed under Australia’s primary conservation legislation: Environmental Protection and biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, including the Tasmanian Devil and the Tasmanian Midlands Lowland Grasslands communities.
The leading social and biophysical researchers are from the University of Tasmania, Australian National University, Griffith University, Murdoch University and the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre.
The researchers are collaborating closely to explore the likely implications of different scenarios of changing climate, land use and management, demography, infrastructure development and other human and natural influences on ecosystem services and habitat suitability for selected mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and plants.
The research hub will review 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.
Professor Ted Lefroy, Hub Director
Centre for Environment, University of Tasmania
For further information and high quality images:
Suzie Gaynor, Communications Manager
University of Tasmania
Phone 03 6226 6276