The importance of protecting and conserving the Wet Tropics: a synthesis of NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub Tropical Rainforest research outputs 2011-2014. Report to the National Environmental Research Program

Carmody, Julie, Murphy, Helen, Hill, Ro, Catterall, Carla, Goosem, Stephen, Dale, Allan, Westcott, David, Wellbergen, Justin, Shoo, Luke, Stoeckl, Natalie, and Esparon, Michelle (2015) The importance of protecting and conserving the Wet Tropics: a synthesis of NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub Tropical Rainforest research outputs 2011-2014. Report to the National Environmental Research Program. Report. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, James Cook University, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

[Extract] This report provides an overview and synthesis of the key findings of research conducted under the Australian Government’s National Environmental Research Program (NERP) Tropical Ecosystems (TE) Hub relevant to tropical rainforests including the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area and Cape York. The NERP rainforest research theme comprised ten projects undertaken by researchers from James Cook University, Griffith University, the University of Queensland and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in collaboration with partner agencies.

The intent of the NERP funded rainforest research was to improve our understanding of the impacts of future climate change and extreme events on plant and animal biodiversity; gain new insights for beneficial indigenous co-management of protected areas; identify the importance of tourism and community values; determine the status of threatened key indicator species; examine options regarding natural resource management (NRM) governance under greenhouse gas abatement measures; determine the role of fire in the management of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999 listed ecosystems and species; and invasive species management. The research aimed to inform and facilitate management action and remediation to reduce, restore and increase resilience of the Wet Tropics ecosystems. The research findings are also applicable elsewhere, particularly in tropical ecosystems more broadly, but many outcomes can be translated for general application in terrestrial ecosystem management

Item ID: 38699
Item Type: Report (Report)
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ISBN: 978-1-925088-60-1
Funders: National Environmental Research Program (NERP) Tropical Ecosystems Hub
Projects and Grants: Project 3.1 'Rainforest Biodiversity', Project 3.2 'What is at risk? Identifying rainforest refugia and hotspots of plant genetic diversity in the Wet Tropics and Cape York Peninsula', Project 3.3 'Targeted surveys for missing and critically endangered rainforest frogs in ecotonal areas, and assessment of whether populations are recovering from disease', Project 3.4 'Monitoring of key vertebrate species', Project 7.1 'Fire and rainforests', Project 7.2 'Invasive species risks and responses in the Wet Tropics', Project 7.3 'Climate change and the impacts of extreme climatic events on Australia's Wet Tropics biodiversity', Project 12.1 'Indigenous co-management and biodiversity protection', Project 12.2 'Harnessing natural regeneration for cost-effective rainforest restoration', Project 12.3 'Relative social and economic values of residents and tourists in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area', Project 12.4 'Governance, planning and the effective application of emerging ecosystem , Project 12.4 'Governance, planning and the effective application of emerging ecosystem service markets to secure climate change adaptation and landscape resilience in far north Queensland'
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2015 02:05
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 40%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 30%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960399 Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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