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

New roles for Geoff and Michelle

Natural Decisions congratulates team members Geoff Park and Michelle Dickson on their recent appointments to public boards and committees in the Natural Resource Management sector in Victoria. Geoff has been appointed as a member of the Victorian Catchment Management Council (VCMC) while Michelle was recently appointed to the Gippsland Coastal Board (GCB) and the Gippsland Lakes […]

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Posted 8 February 2016 in News

Investigating cost-sharing arrangements for riparian works

The sharing of costs between Victoria’s waterway managers* and landholders for riparian works is a complex issue, as the Natural Decisions team uncovered in a recent project commissioned by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). The investigation sought to understand the arrangements and funding rules used by the waterway managers to undertake […]

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Posted 25 November 2015 in News

Climate change planning in North Central Victoria

Over the past year we have supported a number of Victorian Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) to develop regional climate change plans. One of those CMAs, North Central, currently has their draft plan out for community feedback. Land managers and the wider community in the North Central region are no strangers to the effects of climate […]

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Posted 25 August 2015 in News

Burnett-Mary Water Quality Improvement Plan

Over the past two years Natural Decisions has worked on a number of significant projects related to improving water quality in the Great Barrier Reef region. One of these was assisting the Burnett-Mary Regional Group (BMRG), at the southern end of the reef where it adjoins Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Straits. To help protect ecosystem […]

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Posted 30 June 2015 in News

Public Goods and Externalities: Agri-environmental Policy Measures in Australia

David Pannell and Anna Roberts have written a paper summarising public good and externality issues from an Australian case-study perspective for the OECD (Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development). Their paper along with accompanying case studies covering Japan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States will provide inputs into an OECD ‘Public Goods, Externalities and Agri-environmental […]

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Posted 22 June 2015 in News

A visit to the Waikato

I’ve just returned from a week in New Zealand working with the Waikato River Authority (WRA) and partner organisations, including Dairy NZ and the Waikato Regional Council, exploring the application of INFFER to project prioritisation to the Waipa catchment, one of a number of major sub-regions for the Waikato. Like many other environmental organisations the WRA […]

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Posted 15 June 2015 in News

Welcome back Anna

We are pleased to welcome back Anna Roberts to Australia and she has now started working full-time with Natural Decisions. Anna has been based in the United States working in Annapolis Maryland where she led the re-structuring and transition of a not-for-profit science-based company in the Chesapeake Bay Chesapeake Bay region. Anna is now leading […]

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Posted 14 May 2015 in News