An analysis of the gaps in research and development relating to non-commercial revegetation in Australia
Dale Tonkinson, Marita Sydes, Tracy King and Mark Coffey
Greening Australia, Victoria, Department of Botany and Zoology of the Australian National University
Environment Australia, October 1999
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This report is a result of Environment Australia seeking to identify where significant research needs exist in relation to achieving appropriate revegetation outcomes in Australia.
Literature searches combined with a survey of research providers, which solicited their published and unpublished research and statements of their capabilities, formed the basis of this analysis.
A total of 352 works reporting research and development within the field of non-commercial revegetation were reviewed and classified according to their relevance to the scope of this analysis (see Table 1, page 3).
Broad biogeographic categories (Biogeographic Relevance) were used to evaluate articles from the perspective of varying climates and vegetation types. This analysis showed a bias towards populated areas of Australia and its teaching/research institutions. In other parts of Australia, a significant body of research exists but it is characterized by a smaller number of researchers.
Twenty-one recommendations are made relating to the priority of research and development activity in specific topic areas. Eleven areas of high priority are identified and potential projects within these areas proposed.
Five general recommendations are made; four relating to the dissemination of existing knowledge and research results and the availability of expertise. Further analysis of the needs of practitioners that will allow refinement of both the projects outlined and their relative priorities is proposed.