Project start date: 01/02/2023
Project end date: 30/10/2024
NESP funding: $333,000 (GST-exclusive)
National parks and other protected areas are essential to solve the species-extinction crisis and restore biodiversity and resilient landscapes. This project is addressing urgent questions for the management of Commonwealth national parks and provide tools and case studies to benefit research users in other places.
Australia has committed to protecting 30% of its lands and seas by 2030. Making sure our existing protected areas, including national parks, are resilient will play a vital role in meeting our global commitments to protecting biodiversity.
Commonwealth national parks include World Heritage areas, Ramsar sites and priority places under the Australian Government’s Threatened species action plan 2022–2032. To make sure our national parks are resilient into the future, we need strategic prioritisation of management activities, informed by rigorous monitoring and evaluation, targeted research on critical gaps in our knowledge about species and systems, and development and testing of new technologies and methods for monitoring and management.
Key research areas
To address these challenges and enhance the resilience of Australia’s national parks, this project is:
This project is working across 3 Commonwealth national parks. Image: Resilient Landscapes Hub.
The project is being led by Professor Matthew Hayward from the University of Newcastle. Project component 1 is being led by Dr Darren Southwell from the University of Newcastle. Project component 2 is being led by Professor Paul Roe from QUT and Professor Lin Schwarzkopf from James Cook University. Project component 3 is being led by Professor David Pannell from The University of Western Australia.
This project will contribute to 2 cross-cutting initiatives: