Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist Research Plan 1997–-1998, October 1997

1997

Internal Report 260
Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist
Supervising Scientist Division
Department of the Environment

About the report

The Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist (eriss), formerly the Alligator Rivers Region Research Institute, was established under the Environment Protection (Alligator Rivers Region) Act 1978. Its primary function is to carry out research on the impact of uranium mining in the Region to enable the development of standards, practices and procedures for the protection of the environment.

Under amendments to the Act in 1994, this role was broadened to enable the Institute to carry out more general environmental research. Following consideration of the recommendations of the Barrow review of research in 1994 and an assessment of the fields in which the Institute could best make a significant contribution to environmental research, it was decided that the focus of the broadened program should be in the protection and management of wetlands. Apart from wetlands research, the Institute conducts general environmental research projects on topics nominated by the Commonwealth Government.

Thus, there are now three research programs carried out by eriss:

  • impact of mining on the environment,
  • protection and management of wetlands, and
  • general environment protection research.