Tropical landscapes need to provide economic prosperity and social benefits to the people living in them while sustaining the ecosystem processes that maintain biodiversity and contribute to human well-being.
Our challenge is to deliver the science needed to achieve this in partnership with communities, industries, governments, land users and land managers.
The Program operates primarily in the tropical to sub-tropical region of north-east Australia. This region has special characteristics that help to focus the research agenda:
- a very high diversity of plants, animals and habitats;
- four World Heritage areas with their associated management challenges;
- widespread intensive agriculture in co-existence with areas of forest and coastal wetlands needing protection; and
- increasing environmental pressure from agricultural development, urban and peri-urban expansion and tourism.
The Program is based at CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems offices
in Atherton, Brisbane, Cairns
and has a focus on integrated landscape management, biodiversity, vertebrate management, sustaining ecosystem processes, sustainable intensive production systems and efficient industries in tropical and sub-tropical regions.
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