Project start date: 18/07/2022
Project end date: 31/03/2023
NESP funding: $139,984 (GST-exclusive)
This project is helping decision-makers determine the extent to which research undertaken in one region is transferable to another. The project is starting by adding data relevant to climate and threatened species to an existing integrated dataset. Secondly, it is analysing data to identify:
Regional planning is a term that can encompass different planning approaches including:
To achieve the greatest outcomes – such as knowledge gains and, ultimately, the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity – the funds allocated to research, planning and on-ground environmental action must be spent cost-effectively. This means being able to translate knowledge across regions in sensible ways to use the available evidence to build the most impactful environmental programs and ensuring that planning approaches best match the need of the decision-makers in any given region.
This project is focused on maximising the identification of similar areas and exploring the transferability of planning approaches by exploring 2 key questions:
The identification of similar regions is constrained to terrestrial areas due to the footprint of socioeconomic data but the regions matched for management issues can be used in freshwater, coastal zones and adjacent marine areas.
This research will build upon previous investments in regional-to-national assemblage of datasets and preliminary work to ‘match’ regions that look and feel the same based on biophysical, social and economic attributes (including investments from the Commonwealth Environmental Research Facility [CERF] Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge [TRaCK], the National Environmental Research Program [NERP] and the first phase of the National Environmental Science Program [NESP]). It will also build upon previous investment in regional planning and in reviews of regional-planning approaches (also including CERF TRaCK, NERP and NESP investments).
Key research areas
To address this challenge and support research users in choosing to spend investment in on-ground environmental action most effectively, this project is:
The project is being led by Associate Professor Vanessa Adams from the University of Tasmania. This project will be collaborating with multiple other hubs and will be contributing to 3 cross-cutting initiatives: