Rachel Morgain is the Threatened Species Recovery Hub’s Knowledge Broker. She believes stakeholder engagement in vitally important to achieving hub aims.
The central purpose of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub is delivering research that is relevant for and useable by decision-makers, land managers and others responsible for recovering threatened species. Working with partners is vital if we’re to achieve this.
ver our four years of operation, our hub has worked with over 200 agencies across the breadth of the country. Our partners include Commonwealth, state and territory policy agencies, conservation and land managers, environmental NGOs, Indigenous groups, local government, community
groups and businesses.
Many of these organisations are direct partners on our projects. Others have contributed knowledge, expertise, skills or data. Still others are end-users, who seek to apply the findings of our research to inform their own contexts and challenges.
Guiding engagement at a strategic level is the hub’s Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG), which includes representatives from Commonwealth, state and territory governments, NGOs, natural resource management organisations and the hub’s Indigenous Reference Group, Leadership Group and engagement team. The SRG have a vital role in providing strategic input into our research activities and guidance into our hub’s engagement strategies.
The size and scale of the hub means that our research is relevant to much wider networks than can be involved day-to- day in our project-level collaborations. In partnership with state governments, our hub is holding roadshows in capital cities, with plans for regional areas. These provide an opportunity for audience members to hear findings from a breadth of hub research in one place and provide feedback into how project findings and knowledge from the research can be shared. They have been a drawcard for many from government, natural resource management, ecological consulting, community landcare groups and industry, many of them learning about our hub’s research for the first time.
Many of our major projects are made possible through the involvement of dozens of partners and collaborators across the country. Celebrating these major achievements through product launches is a way to showcase the work and applaud these contributions. In 2018, our hub launched two books on threatened species recovery, guidelines for plant translocation developed through the Australian Network for Plant Conservation, and Australia’s first Threatened Species Index for Australian birds (tsx.org.au).
These big events have the profile, but they are in reality just the end-point of much fuller processes of engagement, driven by a simple core principle of research co-production. The day-to-day activities of our hub’s projects are guided by the awareness that research designed, implemented and delivered with stakeholder input is almost certain to be better directed and more readily implemented than research undertaken in isolation.
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Top image: Forums to share hub research findings and seek feedback from stakeholders are an important activity for the hub. Photo: Jaana Dielenberg
Karajarri Rangers are leading a Threatened Species Recovery Hub research project to investigate how different fire management approaches affect biodiversity. The first field trip took place in April this year, when a team of 16 rangers, support staff and scientists journeyed to the Edgar Ranges for eight days of wildlife monitoring. Hub researcher Sarah Legge worked with the rangers to compile this report from the field.
Cissy Gore-Birch is a member of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub’s steering committee and the Chair of its Indigenous Reference Group. The Indigenous Reference Group was established to assist hub leaders and project teams to strengthen the engagement and participation of Indigenous people in the hub’s activities and research projects. Cissy recently attended the Species of the Desert Festival on the Paruku Indigenous Protected Area, where she spoke about both threatened and culturally important species, and increasing the voice of Indigenous people in environmental policies and research.
Dr Sally Box, the Australian Government’s Threatened Species Commissioner, talks about the importance of working with Indigenous groups to conserve Australia’s threatened species.
Researchers from the Threatened Species Recovery Hub are calling on citizen scientists to help them learn more about Australia’s possums and gliders by recording sightings in a new, free app. Dr Rochelle Steven from the University of Queensland is passionate about Australia’s possums and gliders and believes people in the community can do a lot to help support conservation, especially in urban areas.
There are 27 different types of possums and gliders in Australia. They have a huge variety of sizes, shapes and appearances. We’ve compiled a profile on every species here. One quarter of our possums and gliders are listed as threatened under Australian environmental law. Help their conservation, be a citizen scientist: you can record sightings of possums from your local areas in the free 'CAUL Urban Wildlife App'.