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Acacia kimberleyensis. Credit: P Castle

Addressing weed threats to biodiversity – Theme: Delivery

Addressing research priorities

Would you like to undertake high-impact research that really makes a difference? WABSI consults extensively with end users and stakeholders to identify priority biodiversity science knowledge needs. This helps us develop timely and relevant programs that address critical needs and have a strong pathway to adoption.

Developing projects that address key end user priorities can help maximise project funding opportunities and will lift the impact of your research.

To work with the WABSI collaboration of partners in addressing priority issues, submit a project abstract(Please demonstrate a clear alignment with one or more priority knowledge gaps.)

Addressing weed threats to biodiversity – THEME: DELIVERY – FOCAL AREA 7 – PRIORITISATION

Weed prioritisation lists enable effective, adaptable and relevant weed control at a range of scales across Western Australia
Weed control programs factor in direct impacts of weeds, as well as the vulnerability and resilience
of recipient communities being impacted
Transparency, accountability and objectivity are improved in weed program delivery focused on
mitigating impacts on biodiversity as a significant driver of investment
Compliance regulations are best practice, fit for purpose and widely implemented as well as

Develop frameworks and delivery mechanisms that ensure weed control lists are context specific,
regularly updated and cover all regions as well as dealing with area-, community- and speciesspecific
Ensure that weed lists underpin best practice weed management, which necessarily involves
improving the transparency of prioritisation decisions, removing subjectivity and finding ways to
unlock ineffective control programs that are driven by compliance regulations rather than impact
Ensure compliance regulations are relevant
Research Topic 24: Making weed lists more relevant

Research Topic 25: Improving the transparency of weed control prioritisation

Addressing weed threats to biodiversity – THEME: TOOL KIT – FOCAL AREA 8 – IMPLEMENTATION

Land managers in Western Australia are able to deploy evidence-based control programs against a far broader suite of priority weeds
Weed control programs explicitly factor in scale and context to deliver more effective outcomes
Weed control programs involving Indigenous land managers are underpinned by two-way design
and are implemented widely across the State

Devise and synthesise management guidelines for a greater range of threatening weeds to improve
evidence-based management programs and to identify knowledge gaps for further research
Determine how to address and manage the issue of scale and context in delivering weed control
programs, particularly for remote regions with high costs and low relative returns, and for highly
impacted but restricted areas in vast landscapes
Assess the impacts and threat of weeds to Indigenous values, and refine and resource more
effective approaches to two-way design with Indigenous land managers for programs on country
Research Topic 26: Data driven management guidelines

Research Topic 27: Scale and context for effective weed control

Research Topic 28: Enhancing outcomes with Indigenous engagement

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