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Mangles Kangaroo Paw, Anigozanthos manglesii. Credit: P Castle

Addressing weeds threats to biodiversity – Theme: Value proposition

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.)


Weed control programs are clearly defined and adequately resourced for the chosen ‘end-point’

The success or otherwise of previous weed control programs is clarified and the reasons for these outcomes are used to improve future programs

More effective weed management programs are delivered due to improved clarity around the costs and benefits of different weed management tools

Devise evidence-based assessments for realistic ‘start’ and ‘end’ points to weed control programs so that impact mitigation becomes the driving priority

Produce refined metrics for the costs, benefits and outcomes of weed management, including lost opportunity costs following inaction and return on investment valuations resulting from early eradications

Undertake an assessment of past expenditure on weed control versus the success of those programs to inform the design and location of future weed control prioritisation and investments

Achieve a clearer value proposition via a cost-benefit analysis of different control methods, including the value of ecological knowledge for improving the effectiveness of control techniques

Research Topic 1: Defining and measuring success for weed control programs

Research Topic 2: Communicating the impact of weeds on biodiversity

Research Topic 3:
Clarifying the outcomes of past weed control

Research Topic 4: Cost benefit analysis of existing control tools


Improved awareness of the benefits of weed control for biodiversity conservation, particularly by the
general public and ‘non-invested’ parties
Better incorporation of cultural variation in how the value proposition for weed control is perceived
and prioritised
Greater clarity on the resourcing and duration requirements for delivering successful weed control
The extent of land benefitting from more effective weed management is significantly increased,
along with a step change in the improved resourcing of weed control programs
An evidence-based rationale underpins public acceptance of a responsible approach to ongoing
deployment of weed control options, particularly with regard to controversial techniques
Establish communication frameworks to deliver a clearer understanding and improved awareness of
the need for weed control amongst stakeholders and the general public, driven by a focus on weed
impacts on biodiversity
Generate a more effective process for helping land managers to understand the true resource
commitments required for different weed management goals, and to establish frameworks to ensure
resources are sufficiently and efficiently allocated to achieve these outcomes
Proactively address changing community attitudes to weed control options to avoid limiting future
management programs, particularly in regard to chemical control solutions

Research Topic 5: Understanding community perceptions of weed impacts and control

Research Topic 6: Raising community awareness of weed impacts

Research Topic 7: Aligning weed control expectations for outcomes and resourcing

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