Our scientists are providing the best available science, including many years of community and scientist collected data and new maps to improve collaboration and information exchange amongst government, researchers, land managers and the community as part of the NSW Koala Strategy.
NSW Koala Research Plan – the Research Plan sets out the direction, priorities and process for funding koala research under the Strategy over the next ten years. Our scientists hold the biennial Koala Research Symposium, update and adapt the Research Plan, and progress priority koala research projects to improve our understanding of identified knowledge gaps and ensure research outcomes are linked to improved management actions.
NSW Koala Monitoring Framework – monitoring will provide robust data on the status of koala populations across the state over a time-period sufficient to detect trends (at least 10 years). We have developed the Framework and it has been reviewed by the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer and Koala Strategy Independent Expert Advisory Panel. Collaborations are now being built with koala monitoring partners across the State.
Koala Likelihood Map – the Koala Likelihood Map predicts the likelihood of finding a koala at a location relative to other arboreal (tree-dwelling) mammals across a 10-km2 grid covering NSW. The Map is published on the Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data (SEED) portal as part of the statewide Koala Habitat Information Base.
Community Wildlife Survey - a statewide survey incorporating citizen science and community wisdom is being run in 2019-2020 to determine the presence or absence of koalas and other wildlife across NSW as well as the community’s perceptions of change in koala populations and their threats over time.
Comparison with the results of a similar survey undertaken in 2006 will allow changes in distribution and population trends to be identified.
Visit NSW Koala Strategy for more information.