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Updates September 4, 2017

Independent science to help inform post-mining rehabilitation

In an exciting landmark project, The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI), is bringing together resource companies, researchers and regulators to help develop knowledge that will improve the outcomes from post-mining rehabilitation across Western Australia. The project will review state and international research on the physical and biological aspects of completion criteria, which are standards…

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News August 14, 2017

Restoring Roe 8

Published in Particle Magazine 10 August 2017 It’s one of the most controversial mass environmental disturbances in recent WA history. But, surprisingly, the scrapped Roe 8 project is not all bad news. Let’s remove ourselves from the politics for just one second. Remove all thoughts of legalities, economics, and industrial implications of the project. What…

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News June 28, 2017

Beautiful Banksia woodlands

“The book synthesises more than 20 years of knowledge and is a great example of how industry-scientific partnerships can deliver leading solutions.  It represents how partners can work with WABSI to maximise research and achieve fantastic outcomes that benefit both business and community.” Vern Newton, Hanson Construction Materials. The book is a guide to help…

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Supporting mine site research

A new partnership has triggered the process for researchers and industry to work together and map the way forward for restoration research on Banded Ironstone Formations (BIFs) of the Yilgarn Plateau. The WABSI and Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR) partnership brings together Curtin University, the University of Western Australia and Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority…

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Conserving wetlands: what don’t we know about the drying South West?

Author: Dr Ashley Sparrow, Node Leader, Processes and Threat Mitigation What’s the real issue? As WABSI consulted with land managers and legislative regulators to explore what we still need to learn about management and conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems in WA, we discovered that the issue of a drying region is a priority concern to…

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News June 26, 2017

End user questions shape future of subterranean fauna research

When users of subterranean fauna information including resource organisations and regulators came together at a recent workshop hosted by WABSI, they realised that despite their different needs, they all agreed on one thing: we need to know what we don’t know. The workshop, organised in conjunction with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy acknowledged that…

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News March 28, 2017

Building and sharing biodiversity data

Author: Chris Gentle, Node Leader, Biodiversity Information Management Perhaps the fundamental challenge to managing biodiversity information is not technical, but cultural, where “creating a culture of shared expertise, robust common data standards, policies and incentives for data sharing and a system of persistent storage and archiving of data”, is considered essential, according to the Global…

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Increasing the efficiency of biodiversity surveys

Author: Dr Lesley Gibson, Node Leader, Biodiversity Survey One of the key messages from users of biodiversity information is the need to make biodiversity surveys more efficient so that decisions regarding land management can be made in a timelier manner, but also with less uncertainty. There are a number of relevant tools that are increasingly…

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Updates January 15, 2017

How do we identify issues that science can help address? 

Our key guiding principle is that science must address the needs of those who require quality biodiversity data to make decisions. Consequently, engaging with end-users is the first step we undertake to identify issues and gaps in knowledge. Each of our research partners has a representative on our Collaboration, Leverage and Integration Committee (CLIC). Based…

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Updates October 16, 2016

Research leaders engaging with end users

With an executive team recently on board, WABSI is well-positioned to help integrate biodiversity knowledge in the state. Leading W.A. researchers have been appointed as Research Node Leaders who are engaging with end users to prepare a draft research plan. With state-wide collaboration, we aspire to build the most robust and pre-eminent research plan for…

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