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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

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

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