CERF emerging priorities

Emerging priorities projects

The Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (CERF) initiative has some limited funding to allocate to emerging environmental research priorities.

The department has identified a number of emerging priorities of relevance to its policy development needs. These projects advance our understanding of emerging challenges facing the conservation and use of our environmental assets.

Threatened Species Recovery ($99,000, incl. GST)

Applied Environmental Decision Analysis (AEDA)

The project will help inform strategic approaches to manage the recovery of threatened Australian species and ecological communities listed under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999.  It will focus on effective allocation of resources to recovery planning including evaluating biological, social and economic success. Outcomes will assist recovery planning efforts of the state, territory and Australian governments.

DNA Bar-coding for Taxonomy ($550,000, incl. GST)

Taxonomy Research and Information Network (TRIN)

DNA bar-coding is a new tool for rapid species identification and has potential use in biosecurity, fisheries and environmental assessment. This project will bar-code up to 4,500 species. This will assist in the collection of taxonomic knowledge necessary for conservation and sustainable use of Australia's biodiversity.

Developing a basis for a Long-term Ecological Research Network in Australia and a systematic approach to environmental monitoring ($13,725, incl. GST)

CERF Fellowship Professor Gene E. Likens, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, New York. (Host: Australian National University)

The additional funding is to assist Professors Likens and Lindenmayer (ANU) collaborate on a book on long-term ecological monitoring.

An investigation into the role long-term ecological monitoring networks can play within environmental monitoring programs ($268,764.10, incl. GST)

CERF Fellowship Professor Gene E. Likens, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, New York. (Host: Australian National University)

The proposed project by Professor Likens is an extension of his current CERF Fellowship, which has provided a number of scientific publications and a book on environmental monitoring. Working with Professor Lindenmayer (ANU), this project will enable Professors Likens to further build on his previous work and investigate how long-term research in its various forms and at its various levels can be integrated with routine monitoring programs.

Strategic Approaches to Threatened Species and Ecological Community Recovery Planning ($143,000 incl. GST)

Applied Environmental Decision Analysis (AEDA)

This project focuses on developing a more strategic framework for managing and directing investment in threatened species and ecological communities recovery and an approach for assessing whether investments in recovery programs are delivering the desired outcomes. This research will inform cost effective approaches of funding for recovering threatened species and ecological communities listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and assist state/territory recovery planning processes.

Costs of Policy Inaction on Biodiversity Conservation ($44,000.00 incl. GST)

Environmental Economics Research Hub

This project focuses on examining the costs of inaction on conservation of Australian biodiversity. The cost of inaction is the increased cost born by future society because of decisions to defer current costs of action.

The goal of this research is to provide data for future use in the analysis of the costs and benefits of biodiversity conservation policies and programs, as well as assist the public's understanding of the benefits of biodiversity conservation.

Value of Heritage Economics ($110,000.00 incl. GST)

Environmental Economics Research Hub

The proposed project is a second stage of the long-term study into the value of historic heritage. Existing valuation studies are insufficient to enable general quantitative estimates of the benefits and costs of historic heritage conservation and protection.

The research is improving the design and efficiency of Government intervention in historic heritage conservation, and it will contribute to the body of research on quantification of non-market values. This will also be of relevance for other areas of the department addressing similar issues.

Value of Biological Collections ($110,000.00 incl. GST)

Environmental Economics Research Hub and Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN)

This is a project to identify and recommend economic and other models to consider the range of potential values of biological collections, including costs and benefits, and to provide direction for an improved contribution of biological collections to knowledge development and innovation. Australia's biological collections provide a resource for identifying and monitoring Australia's biodiversity, providing the knowledge needed for effective biosecurity and environmental management.

This proposal creates the opportunity for partnerships between Commonwealth Agencies and with industry. Work is to be conducted by EERH and TRIN in a joint working relationship with each research hub providing research expertise and support for the project.

Great Barrier Reef Foundation ($200,000)

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation (the Foundation) is an independent fundraiser for coral reef research. The funding will assist the Foundation work with government and the privated sector to develop and fund strategic projects that address major threats to the Great Barrier Reef.