Project start date: 01/07/2021
Project end date: 31/12/2026
NESP funding: $200,000 (GST-exclusive)
Resilient, productive and sustainable landscapes support Australia’s rich biodiversity and agricultural and tourism economies, and are central to every Australian’s identity and wellbeing.
Indigenous Australians’ cultural practices have sustainably managed these landscapes for millennia. However, our rangelands, agricultural and peri-urban landscapes – and even our protected areas – face increasingly complex environmental challenges. These challenges erode landscape condition and undermine capacity to recover from threatening processes and extreme events.
To protect Australia’s landscapes and the services they provide, merely maintaining resilience will not be enough, particularly given the changing climate. Instead, we need to find new ways to enhance and restore resilience.
Environmental research has played a critical role in articulating the key threats to the resilience of our landscapes by:
Such research has been critical for raising awareness about the magnitude of the threats to biodiversity and the urgent need to address them.
Despite progress on identifying and prioritising threats, surprisingly little research in ecology and environmental science has actually focused on solutions.
The Resilient Landscapes Hub’s research program is based on a proposed approach we are calling ‘solutions science’. This user-driven, solutions-focused, co-research model brings academic and non-academic partners together to address the scientific and societal challenges of strengthening and restoring resilience in Australia’s landscapes.
This project focuses on developing and testing better ways to do applied environmental science. This includes supporting the development and implementation of the core components of our solutions-science approach.
Key research areas
This project is being led by Professor Michael Douglas from The University of Western Australia.
Examples of potential research users
This list will be developed further through the co-design process.