NESP Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

This theme focusses on research that will help decision-makers assess and plan for development in northern Australia in ways that minimise the risks to the region’s environmental resources.

This theme will:

  • identify critical knowledge gaps in the understanding of environmental resources in northern Australia to better prioritise government investment
  • develop and trial spatially explicit tools to guide planning and management decisions that support a mix of multiple uses and protected areas while maintaining environmental values
  • identify biodiversity impacts from changed land and water use (e.g. agricultural, development and infrastructure) to support best practice land management
  • demonstrate the benefits and constraints of landscape and river connectivity to better manage biodiversity outcomes
  • identify evidence-based methods for the assessment of development impact on species and ecosystems, which can be better integrated into planning processes and EPBC Act approvals.