The Environment Institute works to investigating and understand future land use alternatives by considering both environmental and social systems.
This systems-wide research approach explores management options for improving agricultural productivity while conserving and restoring natural ecosystems. In doing this we also look at whole ecosystems, not just individual or groups of animals or plants.
The Landscape Futures Program is one of the Environment Institute's main research areas looking at land use. It aims to develop:
- New methods and models for landscape futures that better inform managers and policy makers of conservation, repair and maintenance options;
- Improved information systems to assess and monitor natural resource condition and provide a basis for environmental projections;
- Skills and knowledge for planning, implementing and monitoring for improved natural resource management
However whole landscape research capabilities cross the Institute. Specific areas of application including increasing the capability of Natural Resource Management stakeholders, insights into World Heritage sites and the TERN initiative for ecological infrastructure and research.
Research being completed now at The Environment Institute will help to ensure Australia remains a vibrant country with viable landscapes well into the future.
In the short video below Professor Wayne Meyer, Director of the Landscape Futures Program, talks about some of the research being done, including the World Heritage Project and Clay for Carbon: