Ecosystem management


5 Feb 2019

By far the largest mining endeavor globally is digging up sand, mainly for the concrete that goes into buildings. But this little-noticed and largely unregulated activity has serious costs — damaging rivers, wreaking havoc on coastal ecosystems, and even wiping away entire islands.


2 Jul 2018

Australia’s landscapes are dotted with mature eucalypts that were standing well before Captain Cook sailed into Botany Bay. These old trees were once revered as an icon of the unique Australian landscape, but they’re rapidly becoming collateral damage from population growth. Mature eucalypts are routinely...

Conference paper

Beyond restoration to 21st Century bio-cities
18 Jun 2018

The 21 Century is the urban century with humans the dominant force shaping the planet’s future. This paper outlines why the era’s pressing imperatives need transformations in our production and habitation systems. These transformations require ecological design and technical and social innovations for adaptation. These...


11 Nov 2017

Significant population growth in Melbourne and Geelong means we cannot take the health of Port Phillip the Bay for granted. This plan provides a framework for managing the bay and its catchment to 2027.

Draft report

31 Oct 2017

This Strategy sets out to balance economic growth, use and conservation of NSW's marine estate by identifying evidence-based management priorities and setting policy directions for managing the marine estate as a single continuous system.


19 Sep 2017

This project aimed to foster best-practice in urban green space planning by combining the scientific state of the art with the needs expressed by potential Australian end users. It sketches a ‘blueprint’ for a nationally consistent urban green space (UGS) decision-support framework.

Journal article

15 Jun 2017

This article is a qualitative review of literature on ‘Cultural Ecosystem Services’ (CES) - The less tangible benefits obtained from ecosystems. It identifies key characteristics of CES, challenges to CES research, and lessons for the future of urban green space research.

Policy report

27 May 2017

This report considers whether fisheries regulation and management are impeding productivity improvement and investment. It looks at ways to use resources to maximise community welfare and sustainability into the future.

Journal article

8 May 2017

Marine spatial planning is a well-established approach internationally, and has been used to assist in the application of an ecosystem-based management approach to the marine environment.

Journal article

8 May 2017

This article considers the process used by the New Zealand government for the creation of the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary.

Journal article

8 May 2017

This article considers the management of exclusive economic zones in New Zealand under proposed legislation


4 May 2017

Cities are home to more than just people. We also need to accommodate the critters and plants who live in them.

Journal article

22 Mar 2017

Urbanisation and a changing climate are leading to more frequent and severe flood, heat and air pollution episodes in Britain's cities. Interest in nature-based solutions to these urban problems is growing, with urban forests potentially able to provide a range of regulating ecosystem services such...

Journal article

1 Feb 2017

In the light of ongoing global urbanization and the high pace of resource consumption, there is an urgent need to foster compact cities. Currently, however, we lack integrative guidelines on how to manage trade-offs between urban densification and the provision of green space. Against this...

Journal article

22 Jan 2017

Understanding how landholders relate to the land and water they manage is crucial to sustainable natural resource management policy and practice. This study focuses on the relationship that rural landholders, both producers and rural lifestylers, have with their land and waterways.


A report prepared for the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Government of South Australia, October 2016.
15 Jan 2017

This report outlines the values of biodiversity in the viticultural/agricultural region of McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide, with a focus on the processes of erosion and the uses of agricultural biodiversity, or agrobiodiversity, within local production systems.


16 Sep 2016

This is the report of an independent review of three New Zealand fisheries compliance operations undertaken by the former Ministry of Fisheries and MPI and associated prosecution decisions. The reivew was carried out by Michael Heron, a Queen’s Counsel and former Solicitor General.

Other text

19 Apr 2016

This resource discusses soil microbiology, soil microbiological ecosystems and research into the analysis and maintenance of healthy soils and soil biological fertility, with Bioscience Managing Director, Dr Peter Keating.

The terms microorganisms or microbes refer to the vast range of living organisms that are...

Journal article

29 Feb 2016

‘Conservation matters’, New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) briefed its new minister in 2014, because ‘New Zealand’s natural heritage shapes the country’s cultural identity and ... New Zealanders identify strongly with conservation lands and waters’ (Department of Conservation, 2014, p.4). It further explained that the...



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