Evidence-based policy and management are important to help in the complex challenge of influencing decisions about the environment that is often changing. Increasingly, there is broad understanding that people are integrally part of the environment, directly or indirectly influencing it many different ways. The notion of socio-ecological systems is becoming increasingly important with the realisation that institutional and stakeholder involvement need to be incorporated into management and policies about the environment. There are many different types of conservation practice which can assist in managing our environments for long-term sustainability with science providing the underpinning evidence.
The WISE (Water Information System for the Environment) product provides access to water related information for an entire catchment.
Governments and NGOs worldwide need credible methods to assess risks to biodiversity that are consistent, transparent and theoretically sound to support conservation policy and management.
Invasive native scrub cover in arid Australia has increased dramatically over the past century coincident with declines of native mammal species in the critical weight range.
There are six species of Black-Cockatoo endemic to Australia. The Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo is one of the largest species and found from Central/South Eastern Queensland down to the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.
Predation from introduced cats and foxes is the major factor responsible for the extinction of wild native mammal populations and the failure of reintroductions of endangered mammals in Australia.
Every year since 2007, the Centre for Ecosystem Science has been running field trips to Sturt National Park, Strzelecki Regional Reserve and nearby properties under the directive of Professor Mike Letnic.
The Centre for Ecosystem Science at UNSW, along with Ecological Horizons, will partner with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to reintroduce extinct mammals back into western New South Wales.
There is growing global concern over the influence of road development on the conservation of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems.
Upland swamps are dynamic and diverse ecosystems that support mosaics of shrub and sedge-dominated plant communities, often within a forested matrix.
South-eastern Australia's grassy woodland ecosystems support a unique and diverse flora and fauna. Millions of hectares of these woodlands were converted into productive agricultural land.
One of the more effective means of conserving biodiversity is to establish reserves where many threatening activities are not permitted.
The management of water resources and dependent ecosystems remains one of the most critical issues for Australia
This project is a three year research project headed by Prof. Richard Kingsford and involving eight other chief investigators from three universities and two government departments.
The Macquarie Marshes are one of Australia’s iconic wetlands, recognised for their international importance, providing habitat for some of the continent’s more important waterbird breeding sites as well as complex and extensive flood-dependent vegetation communities.
Thanks to a scholarship from our partners in ecosystem science, Bush Heritage Australia, Justin McCann from the Centre of Ecosystem Science will be conducting research at the Bush Heritage property, Naree Station Reserve.