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Minister for the Environment

New environmental research for evidence-based action

Media release
27 December 2018

New research projects to protect and restore Australia’s environment will be funded under the Coalition Government’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP).

Today’s announcement of nearly $13 million for 47 new scientific research projects will ensure the management of Australia’s biodiversity and environmental resources is guided by the best available information.

The research will assist decision-makers to understand, manage and conserve Australia’s environment through leading biodiversity and climate science.

A number of projects will be conducted on-site, ensuring that local knowledge and expertise assist in guiding experts to deliver better environmental outcomes.

The latest research supports a wide range of environmental management from marine conservation, to protection and recovery of our most vulnerable threatened species, to international climate science.

It includes a total of 16 new threatened species initiatives, building on the Coalition’s strong record of investing more than $300 million since 2014 to protect our most vulnerable plants and animals.

Other examples of projects are:

  • Assessing the effectiveness of special livestock guardian dogs helping scientists protect threatened species, and using detection dogs to find endangered mountain-dwelling marsupials;
  • Investigating the protection and restoration of giant kelp beds in Tasmania and seagrass meadows in Shark Bay and the Great Barrier Reef;
  • Improvements to Australia’s climate modelling capability that supports our understanding of climate variability, extremes and associated drivers;
  • Providing Australians with new information on outdoor air quality, as well as insights into potentially hazardous air pollutants inside our homes.

Research previously funded through the NESP is already being used by Governments and NGOs to improve on-ground environmental management.

The latest projects bring the number of NESP initiatives funded by the Coalition to more than 300.

More information on the NESP is available at

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