Justice Reinvestment in Northern Australia
Justice Reinvestment in Northern AustraliaCairns Institute Policy paper launch and panel discussion
Our goal is to promote sustainable development in Northern Australia and the global tropics through long-term partnerships with communities, institutions and governments throughout the tropics
Improving seaweed production and processing opportunities in Indonesia
Indicative Funding: $1,600,000 over 4 years
Seaweed culture in Indonesia is one of the few available income-generating opportunities for coastal communities and supports an estimated 120,000 small holder seaweed farmers. There are however problems with seaweed quality, processing procedures and utilisation of waste streams from processing and a strong desire to commercialise new species with the ability to value-add and that new products be developed thus diversifying the markets into which seaweed can be sold.
Investigators: Nicholas Paul, Michael Rimmer and Natalie Stoeckl [Cairns Institute Adjunct] (University of the Sunshine Coast, College of Science & Engineering, College of Business and Law & Governance)
Socioeconomic systems and reef resilience (Project 10.2)
Indicative funding: $800,000 over 5 years
This project focuses on relationships between socio-economic systems and the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). It comprises three interrelated activities which seek to improve our understanding of (a) resident and tourist views about the relative 'value' of key ecosystem services that are provided by the reef; (b) tourist views about the relative value of key attributes of reef health, and the likely consequence (e.g. fewer visits, less expenditure) of deterioration in reef health; and (c) the extent to which variations in beef prices, the exchange rate and other socioeconomic variables (in conjunction with biophysical variables) influence water quality in the GBR lagoon.
Investigators: Natalie Stoeckl [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Jon Brodie, Silva Larson and Bruce Prideaux in collaboration with Taha Chaiechi, Renae Tobin, Stephen Lewis, Margaret Gooch [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Bob Costanza and Ida Kubiszewski (College of Business, Law & Governance; The Cairns Institute; TropWATER; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation; College of Marine & Environmental Sciences; Portland State University)
Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE)
Indicative funding: $508,727 over 3 years administered by University of Southern Queensland
The Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE) is a multi-site centre of expertise in rural economic development located in regions across Queensland. It will be based in Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Cairns, Townsville, Emerald, Malanda and Gatton. It is a partnership between universities with key rural economic development expertise across the state:(i) The University of Southern Queensland; (ii) Central Queensland University; (iii) James Cook University; and (iv) The University of Queensland.
Chief Investigators: Jim Cavaye, John Rolfe, Allan Dale, Rob Cramb, Helen Ross, Stewart Lockie, Zhang-Yue Zhou, Trina Myers, Riccardo Welters [Theme Leader & Fellow], Diane Jarvis, Jennifer McHugh (University of Southern Queensland, Central Queensland University, Cairns Institute, The University of Queensland, College of Business and Law & Governance)
Harnessing the science of social marketing and behaviour change for improved water quality in the GBR: An action research project (Project 2.1.3)
Indicative funding: $480,000 over 3 years
Working in partnership with staff from the Australian Government's DOtE, DSITI and DEHP, this project will use data collected from land managers and elsewhere to critically evaluate the way water quality improvement programmes are 'marketed'. It will use insights from those evaluations to inform the reconfiguration of marketing and engagement strategies associated with programmes scheduled for roll-out during 2017, demonstrating methods for monitoring and assessing the extent to which these different programmes and changed strategies improve adoption and alter behaviours.
Investigators: Natalie Stoeckl [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Lynne Eagle and Marina Farr in collaboration with Michelle Esparon, Meryl Churchill and Rachel Hay (College of Business and Law & Governance; The Cairns Institute; Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research)
Sequestering carbon and improving sugarcane productivity by enhanced weathering of basalt
Indicative funding: $479,169 over 5 years administered by University of Sheffield
Arresting the build-up of atmospheric CO2 is one of humanity's biggest challenges. In geological time, the weathering of rocks consumes CO2, which is then sequestered as limestone in the ocean, but the natural rate of this process is very slow. In this project we will determine the feasibility of accelerating weathering by introducing crushed basalt (a common and easily weathered rock) into the place on earth with highest CO2 production and potential weathering rates - topsoil in the humid tropics. We will also examine the effects on soil condition and crop growth, which are likely to be beneficial.
Chief Investigators: Paul Nelson, [Cairns Institute Fellow], Michael Bird and David J Beerling (College of Science & Engineering and University of Sheffield)
Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education - Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) Program
Indicative funding: $453,065
The project is part of an Australian Government grant to Charles Darwin University to support the development of their social and environmental research capacity it has two main objectives
A. First: that Charles Darwin University is nationally recognised as a critical node in social and environmental research for the remote tropical north, working as part of a critical mass of researchers with two of Australia’s most research-intensive universities (Australian National University and James Cook University), and a major research institution (Australian Institute of Marine Science); and
B. Second: to enable ongoing and sustainable programs of multi-disciplinary collaborative, world-class research that is sought out by both end users and next users for integration into policy and practice.
Chief Investigators: Hurriyet Babacan [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Allan Dale
Collaborating Schools/Institutions: The Cairns Institute; Charles Darwin University
Strategy and research impact advice to the CRC for developing northern Australia
Indicative funding: $411,946 over 4 years
This project is to: 1. Provide strategic advice to the CRCNA Board and their CEO to maximise the impact of the CRCNA and its investments; 2. Establishment and maintain cohesive advisory arrangements to the Board and CEO; 3. Frame and support the progression of commissioned knowledge brokerage and research of strategic importance to the Board; 4. Support the CRCNA to identify and attract high impact project proposals; 5. Support the CRCNA in the determination and measurement of impact across the CRCNA activities.
Chief Investigator: Allan Dale (Cairns Institute)
Regional Queensland Coordinator for NESP Northern Hub
Indicative funding: $300,000 over 3 years
The role of the NESP Regional Queensland Coordinator is to: Help coordinate meetings and engagement within the region (currently have a least four projects operating in the Cape/Mitchell/Gulf area); organise workshops or briefings (plus conference displays or sessions) to communicate project outputs; work with the communications team in Darwin to prepare project level communications materials; help with negotiating research agreements with Indigenous communities if they are needed; be a point of liaison for the Hub with regional stakeholders i.e., NRM groups, Indigenous, industry.
Chief Investigator: Stewart Lockie, Lyndal Scobell (Cairns Institute)
Seventh Day Adventist responses to HIV in Papua New Guinea
Indicative funding: $295,650 over 3 years
The Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church is one of the most influential churches in Papua New Guinea with an extensive range of health, education and social services throughout the country. This research aims to document and analyse SDA policy and theology on HIV in PNG. It will then describe how these policies and theology are interpreted and influence responses to HIV by church leaders, church employees and church members.
Chief Investigators: David MacLaren with the help of Matupit Darius, Tracie Mafile'o, Graeme Humble, Lalen Simeon, Rachael Tommbe, Michael Wood, Ton Otto and Michelle Redman-MacLaren
Collaborating Schools/Institutions: School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine & Rehabilitation Sciences; Pacific Adventist University; School of Arts & Social Sciences; The Cairns Institute
Regional Queensland Coordinator for NESP Northern Hub
Indicative funding: $300,000 over 3 years
The role of the NESP Regional Queensland Coordinator is to: Help coordinate meetings and engagement within the region (Currently have a least four projects operating in the Cape/Mitchell/Gulf area); Organise workshops or briefings (plus conference displays or sessions) to communicate project outputs; Work with the communications team in Darwin to prepare project level communications materials; Help with negotiating research agreements with Indigenous communities if they are needed; Be a point of liaison for the Hub with regional stakeholders i.e., NRM groups, Indigenous, Industry.
Chief Investigator: Stewart Lockie (Cairns Institute)
Farmers of the future: The challenges of feminised agriculture in India
Indicative Funding: $300,000 ($5,910 to JCU)
Women farmers produce about 50% of all foodcrops, but are neither recognized as farmers, nor do they own productive assets. This project investigates the feminisation of agriculture in different social, cultural and agro-ecological contexts in India to ensure future food security, women's empowerment and to make rural livelihoods more sustainable.
Chief Investigators: Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt (ANU), Amita Shah (Gujarat Institute of Development Research), William Pritchard (University of Sydney), Patrick J Kilby (ANU), Stewart Lockie
Collaborating Schools/Institutions: Australian national University; Gujarat Institute of Development Research, University of Sydney, The Cairns Institute
Conflicting temporalities of climate governance: A comparative sociology of policy design and operationalisation in Australia and the UK
Indicative funding: $237,865 over 3 years
This research will investigate the ways in which climate governance both reflects and reconstitutes our understanding of the temporal dynamics of anthropogenic climate change. Through a comparative case study of Australia and the UK, the project aims to promote a deeper understanding of potential contradictions between the temporalities of global environmental change and the temporalities of governance strategies developed in response to it: to develop a more sophisticated sociological theorization of the temporalities of socio-ecological change; and to contribute to informed debate in Australia and elsewhere concerning the utility of key conceptual frameworks and policy instruments.
Investigator: Stewart Lockie (The Cairns Institute)
Denitrification bioreactor trial in the Russell catchment of the Wet Tropics
Indicative funding: $235,087 over 4 years administered by Jaragun Pty Ltd
This project will establish the effectiveness of denitrification bioreactors as an on-farm technology for removing dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) in waters draining the Babinda Swamp Drainage Area. The region has been identified as a hotspot for DIN in the Great Barrier Reef catchment. This will be the first trial of denitrification bioreactors in the Wet Tropics. Denitrifying bioreactors route water through a high-carbon substrate under anaerobic conditions to encourage denitrification (the conversion of DIN to atmospheric N2). Two bioreactor configurations will be tested at two sites, and the potential for broader adoption will be assessed.
Chief Investigators: Paul Nelson [Fellow], Alex Cheesman, HanShe Lim, Bithin Datta, Colin MacGregor, Ian Layden, Nathan Waltham, Bart Dryden and Mark Bayley (College of Science & Engineering, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, TropWATER, Terrain Natural Resource Management (Wet Tropics) and Australian Wetland Consulting)
Desktop analyses to inform the design for monitoring within the Reef Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program (RIMReP)
Indicative funding: $229,600 administered by AIMS
Assist AIMS in the delivery of the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program Phase 2 under the Deed of Standing Offer for Environmental Research and Analysis Panel between Aims AND THE Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. This will be done by contributing to the development of detailed design recommendations for monitoring coral reefs within the Reef Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program (RIMReP) and to specific desktop analyses that underpin those recommendations.
Chief Investigator: Iain Gordon with the help of Andrew Hoey, Allan Dale, Margaret Gooch, Helene Marsh, Susan Sobtzick, Mark Hamann, Rie Hagihara, Alana Grech, Brad Congdon, Mark Miller, Isabel Beasley, Mark Hamann, Andrew Chin, Stephen Lewis, Michael Rasheed, Len McKenzie, Catherine Collier and Catheri (Division of Tropical Environments & Societies, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Cairns Institute, Division of Research & Innovation, TropWATER and College of Science & Engineering)
Searching for cost-effective methods of achieving key biodiversity outcomes in Northern Australia: Are there economies of scale or scope?
Indicative funding: $222,722
Working across Australia’s North, this project will investigate the financial aspects and relative cost-effectiveness of achieving specific biodiversity outcomes by collecting and analysing data on the costs of undertaking a range of activities that could achieve biodiversity objectives, on their own, and/or in conjunction with a range of other activities (such as those associated with tourism, agriculture, carbon and/or bio-security). This activity will thus identify cost-effective means of achieving particular biodiversity outcomes and assess the importance of economies of scale and/or of economies of scope.
Chief Investigators: Natalie Stoeckl [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Sizhong Sun, Taha Chaiechi
Collaborating School: School of Business; The Cairns Institute
Training for development of teaching and learning at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology (TL-UNITECH)
Indicative funding: $210,970
The purpose of this program is to provide training to PNG UNITECH staff in teaching and learning and establish the Teaching and Learning Methods Unit (TLMU) as a functional unit driving improvements in contemporary curriculum design, blended learning, student-centred teaching, active learning, and assessment.
Chief Investigators: Stewart Lockie, Scott Davis, Nick Roberts, The Cairns Institute
Conservation planning for a changing coastal zone (Project 9.4)
Indicative funding: $207,860 over 4 years
The broad goal of this project is to identify strategic priorities for protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems that support the health and resilience of the GBRWHA, in the context of changing land use, expanding infrastructure, and climate change. More specifically, the project will address three limitations of previous research and application in conservation planning. First, conservation planning has focused principally on snapshots of biodiversity and land uses, as if planning regions were static. Approaches to conservation planning are being developed to address natural and anthropogenic dynamics1, and these approaches will be adapted and extended by this project. Second, few exercises in conservation planning have attempted to address the physical and biological interactions between land and sea and the cross-realm impacts of human activities. This project will advance land-sea planning and guide planners and managers in resolving tradeoffs between conservation objectives for terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. Third, the implementation of effective actions in priority areas identified by conservation planning has been hampered by complex, conflicting governance (especially in coastal zones), poor understanding of real-world opportunities for and constraints on management, and lack of engagement with stakeholders. This project will link cutting-edge methods for explicit conservation planning to analysis of governance, new spatial data on management.
Chief Investigators: Bob Pressey [Cairns Institute Fellow], Hugh Yorkston, Allan Dale, Jon Brodie
Collaborating Schools/Institutions: ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies; Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority; The Cairns Institute; Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research
PROJECT 9.4 WEBSITE
Sustainable livelihoods and protected area planning in PNG
Indicative Funding: $204,000 over 2 years
The Nakanai Ranges have been identified as a Key "Biodiversity Area due to their high density of endemic and range-restricted species of high conservation concern due to pressures of industrial logging and oil palm development. We aim to engage local communities in stewardship of world heritage through tangible conservation and livelihood benefits, acknowledging the causal relationship between heritage, local people and their well-being. Protection of primary rainforest in Nakanai will enable the continued flow of ecosystem services, such as the provision of clean water and the protection of soil resources.
Reef restoration and adaptation program design phase
Indicative funding: $176,500 over 2 years administered by AIMS
The RRAP Design Phase seeks to deliver a business case for government, industry and private investment, the primary objective of which is to develop reef restoration and adaptation technologies that can be applied at scale, within affordability and practicality limits, to retain key functional attributes of the Great Barrier Reef. This project will contribute JCU expertise to evaluating coral restoration methods, undertaking regulatory and institutional environment mapping required for restoration to occur and an analysis of the viewpoints and engagement of stakeholders in reef restoration.
Always-connected, always aware, always informed in rural and regional Australia: The digital homestead
Indicative funding: $170,000 over 2 years
The project will investigate how electronic services enabled by connectivity to the National Broadband Network can support greater productivity for farming enterprises, as well as providing related support and social services to rural residents.
Specifically, the project will determine how sensor and related technologies can provide information to simple and usable cloud-based decision support systems for farmers and agriculture advisers, associated with the northern beef industry, which makes up almost half of the total beef sector across Australia, thus forming a key component in driving Queensland's economic growth.
Chief Investigators: Ian Atkinson, Ickjai Lee (Cairns Institute Fellow), Phillip Pearce, Zhangyue Zhou
Collaborating Schools/Organisations: School of Business; CSIRO, QUT
The IMS 2050 Human Dimensions Project: Cost-effective indicators and metrics for key GBRWHA human dimensions and Indigenous values linked to objectives and targets in the Reef 2050 Plan
Indicative Funding: $125,000 over 2 years
Building on the work of the GBR RIMeP Program Design Group, this project will develop cost-effective indicators and metrics for human dimension outcomes, objectives and targets in the Reef 2050 Plan, consistent with the Drivers-Pressures-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) framework. It will add value to and ensure continuity with information collected through the Social and Economic Long-Term Monitoring Program for the Great Barrier Reef (SeLTMP). The project will: determine potential and extant indicator sets; evaluate data collection cost-effectiveness; determine thresholds (where applicable); and provide guidelines for a collaborative approach for developing grading scores, using multiple lines of evidence to rate progress towards Reef 2050 Plan targets, objectives and outcomes.
Investigators: Allan Dale in collaboration with Nadine Marshall, Margaret Gooch [Cairns Institute Adjunct] and Karen Vella (Cairns Institute, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Queensland University of Technology)
Learning from coral reef 'bright spots'
Indicative funding: $99,337
This project aims to uncover novel solutions to the global problem of unsustainable coral reef fisheries by locating and learning from 'bright pots' in reef governance. In this case, bright spots are reefs in better condition than they should be, given the pressures they are exposed to (e.g., markets and human population). This proposal aims to build on my initial proof-of-concept by supporting fieldwork to uncover what makes bright spots bright, i.e., the social, economic, and institutional conditions that enable coral reef bright pots to withstand the pressures that caused other places to collapse.
Chief Investigator: Joshua Cinner (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies; Cairns Institute Fellow)
Indicative funding: $92,656
The eCloud solution will provide Australian mining and emerging industrial markets such as South America, to integrate remote location sensors and data loggers in to a high availability “cloud” solution for real time data analysis to increase response times to critical environmental data. Sensors will be installed in extreme remote locations ranging from the Andes in South America to mining leases in Central and Western QLD, away from modern hard line communications. The research component of “eCloud” project has the following two goals:
The core of the project will be to deliver the data in a harmonious and intuitive solution for interpretation by end users in the emerging markets.
Chief Investigators: Ickjai Lee [Cairns Institute Fellow]
Collaborating Schools/Institutions: School of Business; Nepean Power; The Cairns Institute
Landholders Driving Change
Indicative funding: $85,000
The objective of the Landholders Driving Change (LDC) Major Integrated Project (MIP) is to work closely with landholders in the Bowen Broken Bogie (BBB) catchments to tackle erosion and improve land management, productivity and reef water quality in the Burdekin region.
Chief Investigators: Allan Dale, Rachel Eberhard, Anthea Coggan, Diane Jarvis, Anna Roberts, Geoff Park, Steve Skull, Romy Greiner and Jennifer McHugh with the help of Stuart Whitten (Cairns Institute, Eberhard Consulting, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, College of Business, Law & Governance, Natural Decisions, Alluvium Consulting and River Consulting)
Improving seaweed production and processing opportunities in Indonesia
Indicative funding: $70,812 over 5 years
Seaweed culture in Indonesia is one of the few available income-generating opportunities for coastal communities and supports an estimated 120,000 small holder seaweed farmers. There are, however, problems with seaweed quality, processing procedures and utilisation of waste streams from processing. There is also a strong desire to commercialise new species with the ability to value-add, and to develop new products, thus diversifying the markets into which seaweed can be sold.
Chief Investigators: Nicholas Paul, Michael Rimmer, Natalie Stoeckl [Cairns Institute Adjunct]
Collaborating Colleges: College of Science & Engineering; College of Business and Law & Governance
Relative social and economic values of residents and tourists in the WTWHA (Project 12.3)
Indicative funding: $70,800
This project will fill critical information gaps about the relative importance of key attributes (or ‘values’) associated with the WTWHA to a variety of different stakeholders and about the way in which those ‘values’ might be effected by a range of external influences (e.g. different types of economic development, increases in population, changes in the mix of visitors). It will also fill a critical methodological gap – testing and refining both ‘traditional’ and state-of-the art techniques for generating estimates of the relative importance of those ‘values’.
Chief Investigators: Natalie Stoeckl [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Silva Larsen
Collaborating School/Institution: School of Business; CSIRO; The Cairns Institute
Community conservation of Solomon Islands endemic mammals - Phase 2
Indicative funding: $77,500 over 3 years administered by Australian Museum Research Institute
The Solomon Islands archipelago has a unique fauna and flora - a western Pacific equivalent of the Galapagos. The region's largest native mammals are giant rats (Solomys and Uromys) and monkey-faced bats (Pteralopex). All species are considered to be endangered or critically endangered. This project aims to prevent extinctions and support community conservation efforts. Communities will identify giant rats and monkey-faced bats and collect basic biological information. This data will assist in defining conservation areas and link with ongoing JCU medicinal plants project in East Kwaio, Malaita Province.
Chief Investigators: Tim Flannery, K Helgen, Euan Ritchie, Jim Thomas, T Leary, David MacLaren [Fellow], E Kekeubata, Tommy Esau and J Noro (Australian Museum, Smithsonian Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Tenkile Conservation Alliance, NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change, College of Medicine & Dentistry, Kwainaa Cultural Centre and University of Papua New Guinea)
Review of integrated models, frameworks and decision support tools to guide management and planning in Northern Australia (Project 1.2)
Indicative Funding: $62,000 over 2 years (administered by Charles Darwin University)
Different modelling tools have been developed and trialled in Northern Australia to contribute to planning for multiple objectives. The variety of available models, and the complexity of some, makes it difficult for end-users to assess which of the models would be suitable for their needs. Different models inform different types of management decisions, in different contexts, and have very different costs and human capacity requirements. This project will provide a resource that will help ensure that tools which are selected for development/trial suit end-users needs and can be feasibly developed with available resources and with knowledge of their strengths and limitations.
Investigators: Natalie Stoeckl [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Michelle Esparon, Silva Larson, Bob Pressey [Cairns Institute Fellow], Jorge Alvarez Romero, Michael Douglas, David Pannel, Vanessa Adams and Mark Kennard in collaboration with Marina Farr (College of Business, Law & Governance and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Monitoring and adaptively reducing system-wide governance risks facing the GBR (Project 3.11)
Indicative funding: $55,537
Australian governments have addressed water quality issues in the Great Barrier Reef (Reef) over the last decade. While much has improved, more is needed. Reef environmental outcomes, however, depend on the interplay among diverse/fragmented governance “activities” (e.g., water allocation, ports-planning, regional NRM). Despite being recognised in the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (LTSP), there is no coordinated system for benchmarking/monitoring the health of the overall Reef governance system/constituent activities. NERP supported a new method for doing so. This project both delivers short term influence over key Commonwealth and State (i.e., GBR Taskforce) decisions regarding management and investment and engages new LTSP implementation/review structures and stakeholders to build commitment to institutionalising this method over the longer term. Outputs will be directly integrated into and inform five-yearly outlook reporting.
Principal Investigators: Allan Dale, Karen Vella
Collaborating Institutions: The Cairns Institute; Queensland University of Technology; Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
PROJECT 3.11 WEBSITE
A holistic analysis of the economic and social impact of Defence Townsville in and its interaction with the city of Townsville
Indicative funding: $46,298
The project intends to determine the (direct and indirect) economic and social impact of Defence Townsville on the city of Townsville.
Northern Australia policy development and sector development (2) Northern Gulf community development
Indicative Funding: $40,000 over 2 years
1) Northern Australia policy development and sector development.
2) Northern Gulf community development.
Investigators: Allan Dale (Cairns Institute)
Legacy of the Lower Burdekin Water Quality Tender (Project 1.5)
Indicative funding: $39,795
This project conducts an ex-post evaluation of a water quality tender (auction) project. In 2007-08, a water quality pilot tender was trialled in the Lower Burdekin River area, funded by the Australian Government through the National Market Based Instruments and co-funded and administered by the NQ Dry Tropics. This project will collaborate with NQ Dry Tropics and engage with tender participants to review design, operational, administrative and other matters of the trial. It will evaluate the effectiveness of the tender to achieve long-term change and identify strengths as well as opportunities for improvement. The research will inform economic theory and future tenders.
Principal Investigator: Romy Greiner [Cairns Institute Adjunct]
PROJECT 1.5 WEBSITE
Scoping of options for the mid-term review of the Reef 2050 Plan
Indicative funding: $38,334 administered by CSIRO
The Department of the Environment and Energy (DotEE) is seeking services to scope options for the upcoming, planned 2018 mid-term review of Reef 2050 Plan which is the overarching framework for protecting and managing the Reef until 2050. A consortium consisting of key leaders and experts from CSIRO, the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS) and JCU, complemented with specialist expertise from an independent consultant, Eberhard Consulting has been established to conduct the review.
Chief Investigators: Allan Dale, Diane Jarvis, Jane Addison and Nerida Horner (Cairns Institute, College of Business, Law & Governance and Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)
Connectivity and digital inclusion in Far North Queensland agricultural communities
Indicative Funding: $36,000
This research investigates consumer needs and issues relating to provision and use of internet services in rural and remote Australia, in particular remote station owners in the Northern Gulf, Far North Queensland (FNQ). Provision of adequate and needs-driven connectivity infrastructure and services - along with essential knowledge and skills (`digital ability') to apply connectivity to achieve economic and social outcomes for individuals, families, businesses and communities - is essential to the development of Northern Australia, which is both a state and federal priority. This research will give a voice to consumers who are among the most digitally excluded in Australia.
Investigators: Allan Dale, Amber Marshall and Jennifer McHugh (Cairns Institute) with Research Advisor, Michael Dezuanni (Queensland University of Technology), and Industry Partner, Kathy Rowling (Drought Ambassador for Northern Gulf Resource Management Group)
Wet tropics major integrated project synthesis report
Indicative Funding: $36,000
Extensive science has been conducted in the catchments of the wet tropics region with the aim of improving water quality in the Great Barrier Reef. This project aims to compile and synthesise this information for the Johnstone and Tully Catchments. The synthesis will utilize and integrate extensive existing biophysical, land management practice, social and economic data with the aim of generating new and increased understanding of the current status and options for the future. It will be used in conjunction with feasibility studies to inform decision making around the best location and mix of on-ground actions to reduce nutrient and pesticide loads.
Investigators: Damien Burrows, Stephen Lewis and Allan Dale (TropWATER and Cairns Institute)
Soil/landscape assessment and monitoring design for WTMIP: Catchment Repair and Treatment Systems Design Phase
Indicative funding: $35,511 administered by Australian Wetlands Consulting Pty Ltd
This project contributes to the Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project (WTMIP) in the Johnstone and Tully catchments. The "Catchment repair and treatment systems" activity area of the WTMIP aims to reduce nitrogen loads in runoff by installing and restoring wetlands and installing "denitrification bioreactors". As part of the design phase of that activity we will assess soil and landscape features at the proposed sites and design the monitoring program to assess their effectiveness. This assessment and monitoring design will be done in collaboration with Australian Wetland Consulting and Alluvium, who will design the installations themselves.
Chief Investigators: Paul Nelson, [Fellow], Alex Cheesman and Nathan Waltham (College of Science & Engineering and TropWATER)
Australian Banana Growers Council: Denitrifying Bioreactors
Indicative funding: $30,000 over 3 years administered by Australian Banana Growers Council
This project in conjunction with Australian Banana Growers Council seeks to establish the effectiveness of denitrification bioreactors as an on-farm technology to remove excess dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) leaving farms in the Wet Tropics bioregion. The Russell River catchment has been identified as a hotspot for DIN loading to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon, and this work represents a novel approach to curb DIN loading to natural systems. Denitrifying bioreactors route drainage water through a high carbon substrate under anaerobic conditions to encourage denitrification (the conversion of DIN to atmospheric N2). This project will involved detailed site monitoring, installation and scientific evaluation of a bioreactor wall in the headwaters of the Russell River catchment.
Chief Investigators: Paul Nelson [Fellow] and Alex Cheesman (College of Science & Engineering)
State of Wet Tropics Report 2014/15
Indicative funding: $28,000
Each year, the Wet Tropics Management Authority prepares a report on the State of the Wet Tropics (SoWT) The report is in two parts: an annual report, and a thematic report. The selected theme for the 2014/15 State of the Wet Tropics Report is on 'The value (economic contribution) of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area to the region'. This project will undertake the desktop research necessary to prepare that report.
Chief Investigators: Natalie Stoeckl [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Joseph Thomas, Michelle Esparon
Collaborating Institutions: The Cairns Institute; College of Business and Law & Governance
DRNM15047-Vegetation Management Policy Liaison
Indicative funding: $24,552
Support the Department to liaise with identified stakeholders and other entities in relation to vegetation management policy. Provide a written report on the outcomes of the liaison process. And provide a written report on the outcomes of the liaison process.
Investigators: Allan Dale and Jennifer McHugh (The Cairns Institute)
Kimberley - Wet Tropics wildlife on virtual reality
Indicative funding: $23,272
This project will further develop 'Kimberley' the 3D virtual reality tree-kangaroo to the stage where the 'experience' can go live to the public at the Malanda Falls Visitor Centre. This project further extends 3D tree-Kangaroo with Virtual Reality and artificial intelligence.
Chief Investigators: Ickjai Lee [Fellow], Aidan Possemiers and Peter Valentine with the help of David Hudson (College of Business, Law & Governance, College of Science & Engineering and Tree-Kangaroo and Mammal Group Inc)
Assessment of the approach utilised by the RRRC pilot program Building Resilience in Treaty Villages, South Fly district, Western Province, Papua New Guinea Program
Indicative funding: $20,000
To provide advice and report on the theory and function of indigenous governance and engagement models, including an assessment of the approached utilised by the RRRC pilot program Building Resilience in Treaty Villages, South Fly District, Western Province, Papua New Guinea Program.
Chief Investigator: Allan Dale with the help of Jennifer McHugh (Cairns Institute)
The impact of governance on regional natural resource planning
Indicative Funding: $20,000 over 3 years (administered by QUT)
The management of natural resources in regional Australia is challenged by complex decision-making and poorly integrated planning systems at the federal, state and local levels. Communities in resource-rich regions are facing a paralysis of decision-making because of poorly coordinated agencies and planning decisions. This project will develop an evaluation framework to assess the effectiveness of planning and natural resource management governance at the regional scale. The evaluation will be used to reform and improve regional governance and implement best practices for Australia to improve natural resource management decision making.
Investigators: Douglas Baker, Neil Sipe, Severine Mayere, Karen Vella and Allan Dale in collaboration with Bruce Taylor, Richard Margerum, Andrew Drysdale, Lucy Richardson, Kathryn Fletcher, Elyse Riethmuller, David Hinchley and Patricia Gowdie (Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Oregon State University, Cairns Institute, Queensland Regional Natural Resource Management Groups Collective, Condamine Alliance, Queensland Murray Darling Committee, Fitzroy Basin Association, Terrain Natural Resource Management (Wet Tropics) and NQ Dry Tropics)
Social resilience benchmarking in the Southern Gulf region
Indicative funding: $19,990
This project will develop the social resilience benchmarking tool with the most current and best available data and evidence, providing a current assessment of the social resilience of the Southern Gulf communities against a set of prescribed indicators, with reference to climate change drivers.
Investigators: Allan Dale (The Cairns Institute)
Black soldier fly production to convert food waste into protein-rich animal feed
Indicative funding: $17,659
We will evaluate methods of black soldier fly production that have been successful elsewhere and adpt them to the tropical conditions of northern Australia; and evaluate the effects of food source on the growth rates of black soldier fly populations.
Chief Investigators: Lori Lach, Paul Nelson [Fellow] and Stuart Biggs (College of Science & Engineering) in partnership with: Murray Farming Pty Ltd ($17,659)
Evaluation of pilots of the Inclusive Systemic Evaluation (ISE) guidance
Indicative Funding: $9,756 over 2 years
Dr Anne Stephens and Dr Ellen Lewis are research partners. Dr Stephens is based at JCU (Australia). Dr Lewis University of Hull (UK). In 2016 they collaborated with UN Women?s Independent Evaluation Office to develop the Inclusive Systemic Evaluation (ISE) Approach for Gender Equality, Environments, and voices from the Margins (GEMs): A Guidance for Evaluators for the SDG Era (hereon known as the ISE Guidance). The guidance is a UN Women resource with a comprehensive 8 chapter online and published book to support practitioners gain both theoretical and practical skills to apply systemic evaluation to their practice. The Guidance is a practical tool to support the future provisions of people with serious unmet needs, whether physical, social, economic, educational, or political. It contains a dozen tools, examples of practice and other resources. The Guide is being piloted in various sites across the globe. This project will conduct a meta-evaluation of various pilot studies around the guide featuring different uses and efforts with the ISE methodology.
Investigators: Anne Stephens [Cairns Institute Adjunct] and Ellen Lewis (College of Arts, Society & Education and University of Hull)
Integrating conservation outcomes from landholder priorities for effective restoration in a Great Barrier Reef catchment
Indicative funding: $9,450
The design of programs for private land restoration and conservation are typically aimed at delivering conservation outcomes (public goods). Rarely do these programs simultaneously aim to deliver outcomes that are relevant and useful to the private landholder (private goods). However, synergies do exist between the delivery of public and private goods: healthy ecosystems, for example, are beneficial to private landholders, such as primary producers and ecotourism operators, and are also important to natural resource managers and the wider community. This project thus aims to
Chief Investigators: Bob Pressey [Cairns Institute Fellow], Natalie Stoeckl [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Stephanie Januchowski and Katie Moon
Collaborating Schools/Institutions: School of Business; School of Marine and Tropical Biology; School of Earth and Environmental Sciences; The Cairns Institute
How midwifery students at a university in PNG understand, experience and manage the provision of care to women following stillbirth
Indicative funding: $3,000
This study will describe and theorise the understanding of stillbirth and experiences of providing care to women following stillbirth with a cohort of midwifery students at a university in Papua New Guinea. The study will document social, cultural, spiritual and professional factors that inform the provision of care from the perspective of midwifery students who have been maternal healthcare providers prior to enrolment. The study will contribute to the body of knowledge on stillbirth experiences in resource limited and complex social and cultural settings, and enhance collaboration between JCU and Pacific Adventist University.
Chief Investigators: Karen Cheer, Komla Tsey, David MacLaren and Jenny Kelly
Collaborating Institutions: College of Arts, Society & Education; College of Medicine & Dentistry; The Cairns Institute
Enhancing the health of the governance system driving ecosystem service markets in northern Australia
Indicative Funding: $2,400
Degradation of ecosystems systems and processes is of increasing concern globally. Attempts to maintain the flow of ecosystem services through market-based instruments has, however, had varying success. Good governance is increasingly recognised as fundamental to ensuring equitable social and environmental outcomes, and likely to aid in overcoming some of the challenges faced by a more pure market based approach. This study will empirically analyse the governance systems that are emerging for ecosystem service markets in two synchronous case studies in Far North Queensland using the Governance System Analysis framework.
Investigators: Rebecca Pearse [Cairns Institute Adjunct] and Allan Dale (Cairns Institute)
11th European Society for Oceanists (ESFO) conference attendance and paper presentation
Indicative funding: $1,000
The funding will support travel costs to attend the 11th European Society for Oceanists (ESFO) conference and present in the panel "Tourism development and cultural landscapes in Oceania: Critical interdisciplinary responses".
Chief Investigator: Jennifer Gabriel [Cairns Institute Fellow]