The Biodiversity Node of the NSW Adaptation Research Hub was established in 2013, and leverages the State’s multidisciplinary science capacities to produce research that directly informs the decision making of NSW agencies. The partnership between Macquarie University and the NSW Government aims to maximise the resilience of species and ecosystems to climate variability with improved management and decision-making based on science. Funding received has been used to support 18 research projects and has brought together 64 individual researchers from 16 institutions and agencies across Australia. It has been successful in developing actionable recommendations.
SPECIES ON THE MOVE
Southern Corroboree Frog
Credit Dave Hunter/OEH
REMOTE SENSING OF ALPINE WEEDS
Credit Wikimedia Commons
HORIZON SCANNING OF PESTS AND PATHOGENS
Myrtle Rust Infection on a Broad-Leaved Paperbark Sapling
Credit Laura Fernandez/Macquarie University
The NSW Government, through the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), established the NSW Adaptation Research Hub in 2013. The Node initially received funding for three years and recently gained a two-year extension. Total contributions from all sources are over $6 million. Macquarie University (MQ) hosts the Biodiversity Node.
The innovative element of the Biodiversity Node model stems from the deep engagement of academic researchers with government decisionmakers. Four examples of Node projects that are particularly innovative include:
The nature of climate change impacts on individual species and ecological communities, remains uncertain. Projects undertaken focus on improving understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of species to climate change, on providing information to support decision-making for optimal conservation outcomes, and on examining the climate-readiness of current conservation practices.
The Node develops online climate tools designed to provide users with evidence-based information into the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, and assist decision-makers with adaptation planning.
All projects have been co-designed and co-led by academic researchers and OEH scientists. The Biodiversity Node has collaborated with OEH to create and deliver practical guidelines underpinned by scientific research to support the management of biodiversity conservation in NSW under climate change. Products include a suite of evidence-based online climate tools including:
After completion of current support in 2018, the Biodiversity Node will seek further support from government and community, based on the success of its programme.
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