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Building the business case for NRM investment

Back in May 2013, when we started Natural Decisions, one of our key aims was to assist organisations to develop strong business cases for environmental investment. As the ‘landscape’ for environmental investment becomes increasingly competitive it is becoming more important for organisations to develop proposals that are designed to deliver cost-effective outcomes. One of our […]

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Posted 27 October 2017 in News

Never a dull moment

It’s been a very busy few months for Natural Decisions … so much so that our blog has been somewhat neglected! We are currently working on a diverse range of projects – all with a common thread … improving environmental decision making through structured and quantitative approaches. Here is a sample of current or recently […]

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Posted 1 June 2017 in News

Evaluating the economic impacts of investment in National Landcare Programme activities

In 2015, Natural Decisions in collaboration with Advanced Choice Economics, were commissioned by the National Landcare Advisory Committee (NLAC) and Department of the Environment to examine, and quantify the economic benefits of National Landcare Programme activities. This work represents the first rigorous attempt to assess the economic benefits of investment into Landcare and the National Landcare […]

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Posted 20 February 2017 in News

Natural Decisions on the road

The Natural Decisions team has been active in recent weeks at a number of conferences and workshops. Geoff Park recently presented at the National Private Land Conference organised by the Australian Land Conservation Alliance, held in Melbourne on 24/25 November. His talk, “Some thoughts on native vegetation and policy responses”, can be viewed here. Here is an […]

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Posted 12 December 2016 in News

Landmark paper published on assessing the net benefits of achieving water quality targets in the southern Great Barrier Reef

Natural Decisions in partnership with Craig Beverly, Graeme Doole and Fred Bennett have published a landmark publication describing a method to estimate the feasibility and net profit (or net costs) of achieving set water quality targets (sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus and herbicide load reductions) in the Burnett-Mary region within the southern portion of the Great Barrier Reef. […]

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Posted 26 September 2016 in News

What price to protect the Great Barrier Reef?

Natural Decisions were part of the large team who have put together the cost estimates of the amount of money it might take to achieve the targets set for trying to protect the Great Barrier Reef in terms of addressing the impacts from agriculture (sugarcane and grazing).  We are pleased the Queensland Government commissioned this […]

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Posted 12 August 2016 in News

Landscape condition in north-east Victoria

In recent months the team from Natural Decisions, in partnership with Patten Bridge (Bridge Logic) and Professor Allan Curtis (Charles Sturt University), have been working with the North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA) to develop an approach to landscape monitoring that captures the social and behavioural aspects of landscape change. The landscape condition monitoring framework […]

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Posted 11 July 2016 in News

Natural Decisions farewells Michelle Dickson

The team at Natural Decisions is sad to advise that Michelle Dickson will be leaving us to take up a position with Melbourne Water. Michelle’s passion and abilities in all aspects of waterway management and project management, as well as her contribution of ideas and hard work in all areas will be sorely missed. Michelle […]

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Posted 6 July 2016 in News

Evaluating water quality incentives and partnerships in the Burnett Mary region

Recently Anna Roberts spent a week in the Burnett Mary region evaluating a three year Australian Government funded program to protect the Great Barrier Reef in terms of its impact, effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness. The program is focused on improving partnerships with local industries (sugarcane, grazing, dairy and horticulture) and providing incentives for landholders to […]

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Posted 25 May 2016 in News

Agricultural vulnerability to climate change on the Loess Plateau China

Anna Roberts has co-authored a journal paper with Chinese colleagues led by University of Technology student Xueling Li and supervised by Professor Qiang Yu.  Over 108 million people live in the Loess Plateau region in China which is known for its highly erodible and fragile soils. Over 70% of the population depend on dryland agriculture. […]

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Posted 3 May 2016 in News