Research & Partnerships
GreenCollar Group leads an innovative environmental research program focusing on improving our capacity to understand, manage and conserve biodiversity and natural resources in forestry, agricultural and rangeland settings.
Our overall research objective is to develop projects that deliver world-class research to environmental managers and other stakeholders to use in land-use planning and decision-making. This includes understanding how ecosystems function, monitoring their status and ecology, maintaining and building ecosystem resilience, and exploring how to better use markets to promote sustainable land use practices whilst promoting social welfare.
GreenCollar’s research partners include
- University of Technology Sydney
- University of New South Wales
- QLD Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation
- QLD Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
- NSW Department of Department of Primary Industries
Catchment Conservation Alliance (CCA)
The CCA is an agreement between GreenCollar, the Queensland Government and the 14 Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups covering the state. The focus of the Alliance is to:
- Build partnerships with NRMs, community, industry, conservation and Traditional Owners
- Sequester carbon in vegetation and soils
- Protect, enhance and connect High Conservation Value (HCV) areas
- Optimise sustainable land use, farming and grazing profitability
- Improve water quality and stabilise land in regional catchments
- Develop market based instruments to fund ecosystem services
The Reef, Moreton Bay and Biodiversity
More recently GreenCollar has turned its attention to the Qld Coast with its high conservation values on land and offshore. Building on the MOU with the state government, similar agreements have been signed with individual NRM regions and community groups, focusing on the Great Barrier Reef and Moreton Bay catchments.
Land based, water borne pollution entering the reef, from agriculture, urban and industrial development in the East Coast catchments, has been responsible for the declining health of the GBR which has lost 50% of its coral cover since it was World Heritage Listed in 1981. Moreton Bay, other lagoons and lakes, indeed the entire ocean, all face the similar problem. On the Qld Coast the primary pollutants are dissolved Nitrogen (from fertilizer) sediment and pesticides.
More recently the growing impact of hot water from climate change has caused widespread bleaching and devastating coral mortaility across vast areas of the reef, the long term impact of which is still being assessed.
Improving water quality by avoiding pollution through improved agricultural, urban and industrial practices or filtering pollutants that do escape, such that it has “… no detrimental impact on the GBR… “ is seen as vital, by science and government, to improving the reef’s health and resilience to climate impacts
Storing carbon in vegetation along waterways, on degraded lands, in wetlands and on floodplains will help avoid further losses from human activity and will filter nutrient and sediment pollution that has been the primary cause reef decline prior to climate change impacts.
Connecting protected areas and high value conservation remnants with vegetated corridors (creating a “connected landscape”), has become a biodiversity conservation priority for science and government, particularly with the onset of climate change and the need for plants and animals to migrate, adapt and avoid genetic isolation.
Under the CCA, more than AU$250 million is now to be invested into the Queensland coastal landscapes over the next ten years. This investment is specifically available for the purpose of undertaking carbon storage projects with a focus on ‘whole of catchment’ restoration and conservation to improve water quality and biodiversity.