Knowledge centre

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Major OEH programs to address priority needs

The major OEH programs identified to meet the priority knowledge needs are outlined under the six knowledge themes. There are opportunities for research partners and other organisations to work with OEH.

More information about each of the knowledge themes is available in information sheets.


Goal: Conserve biological diversity, ecological processes and systems

Major OEH programs

  • Manage native vegetation more effectively: Upgrade the Vegetation Information System and continue mapping NSW plant community types, to assist landholders, planning authorities and regulators to manage native vegetation
  • Improve ecosystem management through adaptive management science: Conduct scientific trials in river red gum reserves in the Riverina to improve adaptive management of ecosystems
  • Conserve species: Undertake research to develop management priorities for threatened species. Continue the WildCount program to detect fauna trends and changes over time
  • Manage fire and invasive species: Undertake research in OEH’s Living with Fire strategy to improve fire management in national parks. Determine the impacts of invasive species on biodiversity, national parks and local communities

Climate Change Impacts & Adaptation

Goal: Understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change

Major OEH programs

  • Understand climate systems: Deliver fine- scale climate projections for NSW, and information on the likely impacts of climate change on regional communities to help communities adapt
  • Understand the impacts of climate change on our systems: OEH is developing information on the likely impacts of climate change at regional scales which will be provided to regional decision makers through an online portal
  • Understand risks across regions and service providers: Study the potential impacts of climate change to help various sectors improve service delivery. Develop potential adaptation responses for communities and industries which are most vulnerable to climate change
  • Understand and build adaptive capacity: Study cost-effective options to enable communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change

Coastal, Estuarine & Marine Environments

Goal: Protect and enhance the values of the coast, estuaries and marine environments

Major OEH programs

  • Share coastal knowledge to improve decision-making: Deliver the Coastal Information System for easy online access to coastal information, including digital elevation models, hazard assessments and management plans
  • Manage risks and build prosperous communities: Help coastal planners and communities understand the risks of erosion and inundation, to assist in land-use planning, asset protection and emergency response
  • Build healthy communities through healthy estuaries: Model estuary condition and undertake research to help communities and stakeholders protect estuaries for a sustainable future
  • Respond to NSW Government marine management reforms: Update the priority knowledge needs and actions for the Knowledge Strategy in line with NSW Government reforms for the management of the marine estate

Landscape Management

Goal: Promote integrated landscape management for long-term ecological, cultural, social and economic sustainability

Major OEH programs

  • Enable better management decisions: Increase access to natural resource data and information to agencies, communities and landholders
  • Build resilient, connected landscapes: Progress the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative to restore landscape connectivity and resilience, by managing invasive species, rehabilitating habitat, and developing private land conservation agreements
  • Apply traditional Aboriginal knowledge to manage landscapes: Work with Aboriginal communities to understand Aboriginal land management and further integrate Aboriginal knowledge into current practices
  • Support healthy and sustainable landscapes: Provide scientific input to support NSW Government strategic planning initiatives. Assess burned areas, hydrogeological landscapes, and map groundcover


Goal: Reduce the risks of harm from pollution to human health and the environment while protecting, restoring and enhancing the quality of the environment

Major OEH programs

  • Monitor air quality and analyse particle emissions: Continue to monitor air quality in NSW. Establish new monitoring stations as needed for the NSW air quality monitoring network
  • Minimise pollutant emissions and develop cleaner technologies: Study the long-term impacts of alternative waste treatment technologies on the environment and human health to increase recycling of waste products
  • Improve tools and resources to minimise pollution: Provide expert input and advice to revise national guidelines for pollutants and polluting activities. Assess the risks to human health and the environment from pollutants, contaminated sites and polluting processes

Water & Wetlands

Goal: Maintain and improve the extent and condition of wetland, riverine and groundwater systems

Major OEH programs

  • Ensure targeted and effective allocation of environmental water: Improve monitoring techniques and predictive models to support the management of environmental water
  • Support management actions by tracking the health of water and wetlands: Provide frameworks, data and assessment services to monitor the health of rivers and wetlands
  • Improve floodplain management: Develop Floodplain Management Plans for inland catchments. Identify aquatic ecological assets and their water requirements
Page last updated: 11 September 2013