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Updates March 25, 2022

Biodiversity data: Our digital journey – Enabling trust, efficiency and confidence

Late last year WABSI and WAMSI consulted with more than 50 stakeholders regarding the need for innovation in how we inform decisions affecting our environment and economy. Consistent feedback indicated: An increasing expectation among industry stakeholders, governments, traditional owners and the wider community that the information used in decision-making needs to be more comprehensive, transparent…

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Research program continues to generate strong support

The Subterranean Fauna Research Program continues to generate strong support from industry, government and others, with biodiversity science expertise contributed from multiple disciplines. Since the publication of the Research Update 2021, projects continue to make good progress: A scoping exercise for Pilbara crustaceans (amphipods, isopods, bathynellaceans) is well underway to locate, assess and organise collections,…

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Updates April 6, 2020

New research program to help mitigate cat impacts on biodiversity

A new research program, released today by The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI) entitled “Increasing knowledge to mitigate cat impacts on biodiversity”, will focus on addressing knowledge gaps that were identified by end users, as the key priorities for Western Australia. The vision of the program is to enhance the conservation of native species…

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Updates March 13, 2020

WABSI helps secure $30M for sustainable mine closure

The Western Australian Science Institute (WABSI) has played the leading role in securing Commonwealth research funds into Western Australia to help address the global issue of mine closure and to develop new economic opportunities for communities, post-mining. Working with Western Australia’s mining industry and science researchers, WABSI developed and led the successful bid for a…

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Updates February 3, 2020

Mine closure rehabilitation conditions: a review

A new report published today by The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI) reveals that mine closure “rehabilitation conditions are often seen as aspirational objectives or performance management tools rather than achievable targets.” The report, “A review of mine rehabilitation condition setting in Western Australia” is the culmination of a research project that collected and…

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Research Articles December 4, 2019

Acceptable erosion rates for mine waste landform rehabilitation modelling in the Pilbara, Western Australia

Excerpts from abstract: “The Pilbara Rehabilitation Group, through four member companies—BHP, Fortescue Metals Group, Rio Tinto, and Roy Hill—initiated a project aimed at defining acceptable rates of erosion for rehabilitation landform design for the Pilbara region of Western Australia. As part of the project, a review of information relating to erosion rates on natural and man-made landforms was conducted. ”
“…a guideline was developed to define acceptable erosion rates for use in the design of stable mine waste landforms in the Pilbara region. The guideline uses a risk-based approach, with erosion thresholds being linked to the waste material’s physical properties and the adverse environmental impacts that may result from landform failure.”

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