Australians in the landscape

The Australians in the Landscape program concentrates on the value and the services we derive from our great landscape and the ecosystems which derive habitat and sustenance from it, and seeks to promote a deeper understanding of the impacts of humankind on the environment, and of the tipping points at which natural systems can move irreversibly to a different state.

  • Australia21 - algae under microscope
    Algal farming
    Posted: November 24, 2016 - Susan Davidson

    What role might algal farming play in contributing to solutions to a range of issues facing Australia including food security, fuel security and water degradation?

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  • Ecosystem services
    Posted: October 14, 2013 - Susan Davidson

    Our national wellbeing depends on the services provided by complex ecosystems. These benefits include food, fuel and fibre as well as the vital services such as water flows, nutrient cycling and biomass production that underpin all our production systems and lifestyles. Yet our actions are putting them under extreme pressure.

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  • Transforming Australian landscapes
    Posted: October 13, 2013 - Susan Davidson

    For all the policy developments and practical achievements of the past 20 to 30 years in managing our environments and ecosystems, we are not closing the gap between the magnitude of the challenge and the scale of our response.

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  • Climate change
    Posted: October 12, 2013 - Susan Davidson

    Climate change has been described as a diabolical issue because much of what we would like to know in order to manage the risks it presents is uncertain, the issues are complex and, without action, there is a potential for dangerous consequences. The challenges of climate change are exacerbated by the lack of understanding in the general community of the different goals of science and risk management, and by the nature of human behaviour and societal institutions and norms.

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  • Northern development
    Posted: October 11, 2013 - Susan Davidson

    There are increasing pressures to develop the agricultural and mineral resources of Northern Australia. At the same time there is a need to protect the natural environment as well as enhancing the social, cultural and economic benefits for all Australians – particularly those who live in Northern Australia.

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