This cross-hub project draws on the considerable experience, regional knowledge, data and networks of the National Environmental Science Program hubs to develop a guide for best-practice integrated environmental assessment (IEA) in Australia. IEA is an interdisciplinary and policy-oriented process for combining knowledge from diverse scientific disciplines and knowledge systems to inform and enhance decision-making.
Using northern Australia as the case study region, the project will develop and demonstrate the value of a holistic IEA approach to strategic decision-making for sustainable development. The primary output of this project will be a scoping report that provides a framework for undertaking successful IEAs in Australia.
The project is a collaborative venture between all six hubs of the National Environmental Science Program, and is led by researchers from The University of Melbourne in partnership with researchers from James Cook University, The University of Western Australia, University of Tasmania, Australian National University and CSIRO, and the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia. Researchers will work in partnership with Australian Government and state/territory agencies, The Nature Conservancy and other partner organisations.
Professor Michael Douglas