Biodiversity conservation research: Australia's priorities

Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council and Biological Diversity Advisory Committee
Commonwealth of Australia, 2001
ISBN 0 6425 4742 4

Appendix 4: Principles for selecting research

Faced with the task of deciding which research to support among many proposals, more specific criteria should be addressed. Some principles for identifying biodiversity research proposals of greater merit are set out below – it is suggested that all three should be met.

  1. The research would obtain information, generate understanding or clarify management options on a biodiversity issue that is or becomes recognised, in the light of new developments and knowledge, as of national importance:
    • particularly where research in this area is a high priority (refer to the recommendations in this document).
  2. Application of the results of the research would lead to improvement in the conservation and restoration of native biodiversity and ecosystem services:
    • particularly where there would also be net social benefit when considered in the context of full cost accounting of the environmental, social and economic value of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  3. The proposed research method is:
    • practical and properly scientifically controlled so that it is likely to obtain the information and understanding sought;
    • subject to peer review;
    • cost-effective relative to the likely benefits of the research;
    • intended to be funded at an appropriate level where there would be marginal research gain from additional funding and significant research loss from a lower level of funding;
    • ethical and acceptable to stakeholders; and
    • designed to provide for:
      • comparability of results by, for instance, applying recognised information standards and protocols in data collection;
      • the data and information obtained to be publicly and readily accessible by, for instance, being contributed to national data sets;
      • the results to be widely disseminated to potential users; and
      • links to an implementation process such as an extension program.