Theme 7.00

Synthesising and building on research for greater impact

Over the past four years, the Threatened Species Recovery Hub has built a wealth of knowledge about where and how to improve the outlook for threatened species. The projects in this theme will synthesise and build on this work, combining findings from multiple projects, themes and even hubs to increase the value and impact of this work in key areas.

Projects will provide advice and support to improve approaches nationally for:
  • measuring uptake and impacts of environmental research
  • recovery planning for woodland Threatened Ecological Communities
  • strategic assessment via cross-Hub synthesis coordination
  • managing feral cats
  • national monitoring of threatened species
  • reducing the impacts from feral and overabundant herbivores
  • knowledge synthesis for fighting extinctions
  • biodiversity offsets policy and strategic planning 

Top image: Hugh MacGregor, Arid Recovery
Related Projects

Methods for measuring uptake and outcomes from environmental research

Project: 7.1
This project will use TSR Hub research as a case study to understand how research undertaken to contribute to environmental outcomes can influence change. The project will develop measures for assessing research outcomes while research is underway.

Conservation actions for Threatened Ecological Communities

Project: 7.2
Recovery planning for threatened ecological communities could be improved by a formal process for generalising knowledge on ecosystem dynamics in response to multiple threats. This project aims to build on current progress in using State-Transition-Models (STMs) to support management decisions across many listed southern Australian eucalypt woodlands.

Assessing biodiversity and cultural values for single-site and multi-property development proposals in northern Australia

Project: 7.3
Development of northern Australia has the potential to have substantial impacts on the region’s unique cultural and biodiversity values. By better engaging Indigenous communities in the development assessment and decision-making process, more effective identification of where and how impacts are managed can occur. This project will examine how proactive, strategic planning can be harnessed to guide better impact assessments and decisions, and promote sustainable development in northern Australia’s Indigenous lands.

Cat impacts and management: Knowledge exchange for stakeholders

Project: 7.4
In recent years, there has been considerable research, including work carried out by the TSR Hub, to improve our understanding of the impacts of feral cats on native wildlife, and to improve our capacity to manage those impacts. In this project, we will synthesise information on cat impacts, cat management and how to measure the management effectiveness of cat control and investigate the most appropriate means to disseminate this information.

National monitoring priorities, process and prospectus for threatened species

Project: 7.5
Monitoring should be a critical component of recovery for threatened species and ecological communities. This project aims to develop plans for monitoring programs for key groupings of threatened species, plus costed pathways for their implementation.

A knowledge synthesis to inform a national approach to fighting extinction

Project: 7.7
Collectively, a wealth of knowledge is held by managers, traditional owners and scientists across Australia about what we can do to improve the outlook for threatened species. However, further efforts are needed to draw this knowledge together into a coordinated assessment of options for mitigating key threats to threatened species. We propose to synthesise research and expertise across threatened species in Australia to generate and evaluate options for ensuring the persistence of threatened species, using the best available scientific and policy knowledge.

Translating research findings on offsets and strategic assessment to practice and policy

Project: 7.8
This project will translate the findings from Project 5.1 and its subcomponents to a series of user-friendly videos. These explanatory videos will step viewers through the key technical principles and concepts involved in offset design and delivery, as well as the key principles of strategic planning.

Integrated environmental assessment to inform environmental decisions

Project: 7.9
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.