NESP News March 2022
Practical solutions to environmental problems
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Phase 2 of the National Environmental Science Program
About the Resilient Landscapes Hub
The Resilient Landscapes Hub is delivering the science that will improve the management of Australia’s terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and make them more resilient to extreme events – including bushfires, droughts and floods – and pervasive pressures, such as invasive species.
The Resilient Landscapes Hub’s research supports the resilience of our natural landscapes and biodiversity. Resilient landscapes support Australia’s rich biodiversity and agricultural and tourism economies, and shape the Australian identity. Indigenous peoples’ cultural practices have sustainably managed these landscapes for millennia. However, our landscapes face increasingly complex environmental challenges that threaten to undermine their condition and capacity to recover from extreme events.
Maintaining resilience will not be enough to meet new challenges or adapt to a changing climate. To protect Australia’s landscapes and biodiversity – and the services they provide – we must find new ways to restore and enhance resilience. The Resilient Landscapes Hub is working collaboratively with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) and a range of other research users to co-design and undertake research that provides practical solutions to critical problems.
Implementing the Threatened Species Strategy
The Resilient Landscapes Hub leads the cross-cutting ‘threatened and migratory species and threatened ecological communities’ initiative. This initiative will co-ordinate research across all 4 hubs of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP) to improve the conservation and management of Australia’s threatened and migratory species and threatened ecological communities.
Research needs for threatened species have recently been identified in DAWE’s Threatened Species Strategy 2021–2031. Using a collaborative approach, the Resilient Landscapes Hub will play an important role in implementing this strategy.
The strategy’s Action Plan 2021–2026 has identified 100 priority threatened species and will soon identify priority actions and places that will be the focus for the next 5 years. The Resilient Landscapes Hub will address research needs identified in the action plan and work with land managers to design, implement and monitor priority on-ground activities.
About the National Environmental Science Program
The Resilient Landscapes Hub is funded through NESP, which is a long-term commitment by the Australian Government to environment and climate research. Research under NESP is designed to inform the policy and program delivery of research users, including the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. The first phase of NESP (2015–2021) invested in 6 research hubs. The second phase (2021–2027) is centred around 4 research hubs:
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