Any plans to build dams in northern Australia need to be very carefully considered in terms of the trade-offs involved. In this short video Professor Stuart Bunn and Associate Professor Michele Burford discuss the implications of building dams in light of research carried out by the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge research program.
Australia’s tropical rivers are globally significant. They represent one of the largest free-flowing networks of rivers, and they flow through the world’s largest area of high quality tropical savanna. Watch this video to find out more about the research of the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge program, and the current state and future challenges facing Australia’s tropical rivers.
Larson, S., Stoeckl, N., Neil, B., & Welters, R. (2013). Using resident perceptions of values associated with the Australian Tropical Rivers to identify policy and management priorities. Ecological Economics, 94(C), 9-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.07.005
Researchers have identified gamba grass and other invasive weeds as a potential threat to landholder involvement in environmental offset programs such as the Carbon Farming Initiative.
Strategic savanna burning is one way to reduce Australia’s carbon emissions and create new markets in northern Australia, but the increased fuel load and emissions from weed infestations could make it unfeasible.
Concu, N. 2013. Indigenous Development Through Payments for Environmental Services in Arnhem Land, Australia: A Critical Analysis. In: Muradian R., Rival L. (eds) Governing the Provision of Ecosystem Services. Studies in Ecological Economics, vol 4. Springer, Dordrecht. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-5176-7_9
Warfe, D., Pettit, N., Magierowski, R., Pusey, B., Davies, P., Douglas, M., & Bunn, S. (2013). Hydrological connectivity structures concordant plant and animal assemblages according to niche rather than dispersal processes. Freshwater Biology, 58(2), 292-305. doi: 10.1111/fwb.12058
Faggotter, S., Webster, I., & Burford, M. (n.d.). Factors controlling primary productivity in a wet–dry tropical river. Marine and Freshwater Research, 64(7), 585-598. doi: 10.1071/MF12299
Stoeckl, Natalie, Esparon, Michelle, Farr, Marina, Delisle, Aurelie, and Stanley, Owen. "Distributional and Consumptive Water Demand Impacts of Different Types of Economic Growth in Two Northern Australian River Catchments." Australasian Journal of Regional Studies 19, no. 3 (2013): 396-432. DOI:
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