Leading the bid for a Cooperative Research Centre for Wildlife Biodiversity
23 July 2013
The University of Newcastle is leading a Trans-Tasman consortium bid for a Cooperative Research Centre for Wildlife Biodiversity (Wildlife Biodiversity CRC) for the 16th CRC Selection Round.
The Wildlife Biodiversity CRC bid consortium is made up of 24 Essential partners and 20 Other participating organisations. These 44 organisations include 15 universities, 13 government agencies, 5 private industry organisations and 11 conservation and/or natural resource management organisations from Australia and New Zealand.
This impressive collection of partner organisations gives the Wildlife Biodiversity CRC a comprehensive set of expertise ranging from Australia's and New Zealand's leading Environmental Scientists, Conservation Veterinarians, Biotechnologists, to Senior on-ground Natural Resource Managers from both state and private conservation agencies.
This CRC will embrace the sector's diversity to meet this wildlife biodiversity crisis through:
- Better Wildlife Practices
- Better Engagement in Wildlife
- Better Wildlife Policy and Plans.
The Wildlife Biodiversity CRC's planned novel approaches in genomics and genetic management, reproduction and fertility management, disease detection and response, ecosystems and applied ecology, social values and behaviour, communications, economics and complex systems analysis are organised around research programs that fill missing gaps and integrate disciplines to produce the innovative practice, engagement and policy outputs needed by end-users.
The Wildlife Biodiversity CRC's outputs will occur in four main areas:
- Persistent Threats and Opportunities for Action Research to identify and quantify new and existing biological, environmental and societal pressures on and opportunities for wildlife and prioritise them based on potential impact and benefit from integrated intervention.
- Integrated Responses and Innovative Solutions Research to provide new multi-disciplinary tools demanded by end-users to return lost wildlife and rebuild ecosystem function. Develop strategies to engage and integrate vital and neglected resources from the broader community, business, Indigenous communities and key industry sectors.
- Future Safeguards and Pre-emptive Management Research to provide new cross–disciplinary 21st century wildlife practice and societal engagement tools to meet and mitigate the biodiversity challenges of the future and help shape better policy.
- Utilisation Strategy Our end-user relationships will deliver research and training that will transform the professional and substantial volunteer workforce to deploy new skills and wildlife toolbox capabilities. The end-user driven Uptake Projects will develop, hone, integrate and demonstrate tools to implement evidence-based wildlife management practices (Know - See - Up-Skill - Access - Support - Refine). This new knowledge will inform development of policy by government, NGOs and business.
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More information on the Wildlife Biodiversity CRC
Contact: Bid Director - Professor John C. Rodger
Contact Phone: +61 419 211 071
Contact Email: John.Rodger@newcastle.edu.au