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Reports October 28, 2019

Digitally Transforming Environmental Impact Assessment

Report of the Digital Environmental Impact Assessment Working Group The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute and the Western Australian Marine Science Institution have been working together to enhance access, aggregation, interpretation and management of biodiversity information collected in Western Australia. In collaboration with industry, government and researchers, both organisations have led the Secretariat to produce…

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Updates September 25, 2019

CRC-TiME progresses to stage 2

Bid is now shortlisted for stage 2 Submissions for the next stage are due in four weeks Final outcome of the CRC will be announced in December 2019 The proposed CRC for Transformation in Mining Economies (CRC-TiME) will drive transformational change and enable regions and communities to transition to a prosperous and sustainable post mine…

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Updates August 19, 2019

Successful mine closure for better environmental outcomes

New Completion Criteria Framework improves understanding of successful mine closure The first report of its kind in Australia Improves an understanding of how to define and measure mine completion criteria Endorsed by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Contributes to better social and environmental outcomes Click here to access the full project report…

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News July 11, 2019

Unifying feral cat control efforts

The Western Australian Government recently declared feral cats as a pest under section 22(2) of the WA Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act). This declaration provides an opportunity to help improve collaborative management methods across Western Australia. WABSI has been working with several stakeholders over the past year to progress the formation of…

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Projects July 10, 2019

Can our urban areas be a haven for native wildlife?

Bronte Van Helden from UWA was awarded the WABSI PhD top up scholarship in 2018 and has been looking at how different types of urban areas differ in their ability to support animal biodiversity. Bronte’s research to date highlights that residential gardens can play a significant role in biodiversity conservation and should not be overlooked…

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Projects July 9, 2019

Bid for a CRC for mine closure: Stage 1 submitted

Stage 1 application submitted. All submissions will now be assessed by the CRC Advisory Committee. Stage 1 outcome will be announced in September 2019 Successful mine closure and relinquishment is a complex and expensive process; liabilities can amount to billions of dollars, in addition to other economic and social costs that are borne by industry,…

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Projects March 25, 2019

A framework for developing completion criteria

A new report soon to be released by The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute will provide a framework for developing site-specific, risk-based completion criteria and associated monitoring.  Whilst it is aimed primarily at the resources sector, the framework will guide industries that are developing new criteria or wish to improve existing systems such as in…

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Mitigating feral cat impacts on biodiversity

The widespread impacts by feral cats on biodiversity are well recognised. The need to address knowledge gaps is a critical component in an attempt to mitigate the impacts. WABSI led a series of workshops this month, bringing together regulators, researchers, industry and NGOs. Over two days, they discussed their interests, management challenges and shared the…

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Updates December 10, 2018

Taskforce report: Make environmental data more accessible

WABSI was instrumental this year in helping to establish the Index of Biodiversity Surveys for Assessment (IBSA) that will capture $38m worth of environmental data each year in Western Australia. A Resources 2030 Taskforce report, released in September 2018, highlights WABSI’s role in making environmental data more accessible and enable its value and use to…

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