Design, assess and evaluate
To achieve sustainable management we require sound knowledge of ecosystem function, so that the critical habitats, connections and metabolic functions can be protected.¬†We also need to develop our understanding of how ecosystems respond to change.¬†
Our challenge is to quantify the links between flow, physical habitat and ecological function, and to develop methods for assessing the effectiveness of environmental flow and water allocation strategies. We address this challenge by undertaking a¬†range of¬†research projects¬†which assess environmental flows in rivers and wetlands; the effects of salinity; wetland acidification, rehabilitation, microbial, fish and invertebrate ecology.
The synthesis and¬†communication of¬†the knowledge generated by these projects is fundamental to the development of monitoring programs which enable robust assessment of ecosystem management strategies. Through considered evaluation and adaptation of¬†management programs, we¬†will be better placed to protect and enhance of the natural assets of the Murray-Darling Basin while supporting sustainable use of the Basin.