Theme 3: Sustainable Agricultural Systems

Our objective is to advance the management of wildlife in ways that reduce human-wildlife conflict and improve agricultural and environmental sustainability.

Key areas of expertise include: invasive species management; threatened species conservation and recovery; wildlife surveillance and monitoring; human-wildlife conflict management; aversive geofencing devices; wildlife control tools and strategies; community-led wildlife management planning; wildlife capture and handling; intervention evaluation; product development; large-scale field trials and experimentation.

Staff, researchers, and students in our Centre actively work in multiple countries and collaborate with multiple institutions on a variety of wildlife around the world including elephants, rhinoceros, primates, macropods, large carnivores, livestock predators and competitors, rabbits, horses, rodents and much more.

Collaborators include other Australian and international universities, governments, non-government organisations, conservation groups, land management organisations, indigenous groups, agricultural industries, land holders, farmers, policy makers and decision makers, and service providers.

Another focus is poverty alleviation of agricultural and forests smallholders through collaborative international research aimed at increasing productivity, profitability and sustainability of forestry and agriculture systems, while substantially reducing carbon, energy and water footprints, and adapting to a more difficult climate. 

Projects

Project Leader: David Berman

Research Partner: Australian Brumby Alliance

Visit sites in the Bogong High Plains, the eastern Victorian Alps and Kosciuszko National Park to assess the value of these sites and then methods used for future work. Visit other parts of the Australian Alps with a view to designing an improved natural experiment to assess the broad scale impact of wild horses in the Australian Alps. This work will also help refine methods for future work planned to measure the environmental impact in treated and untreated sites during a controlled experiment where the density of horses is manipulated by management. Design study of wild horse movement patterns. Design manipulative experiment to measure the relationship between environmental impacts of wild horses and wild horse density in the Australian Alps.

Project Leader: Tek Maraseni

Research Partner: International Tropical Timber Organisation Japan

In collaboration with the government departments of Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, this study carries out a teak value chain analysis of smallholders to increase their access to markets. The specific objectives of USQ component of the project include: (1) Review the literature on teak timber value chain in Mekong River Basin; (2) Develop a conceptual framework and questionnaires for all actors, key informants and experts of teak timber value chain; (3) Train researchers on interviewing techniques and strategies and preliminary data analysis methods; (4) Synthesize semi-process data/information and write a journal article and report; and (5) Present activity outcomes, results and findings to the Project Technical Committee and international forums. 

Project Leader: Tek Maraseni

Research Partner: Griffith Uni

This collaborative project of Griffith University (Australia), Kathmandu Forestry College (Nepal) and Red Panda Network (Nepal) focuses on the following areas: (2) Forest governance; (2) Ecosystem service and natural capital valuation; (3) Improving RPN’s information base on forests; (4) Stakeholder engagement and capacity building; and (5) Development of payments for ecosystems services, benefit sharing and incentives mechanisms for primary forest and habitat conservation, particularly in Red Panda area.