Saving our Species' research focuses on 5 main areas:
- Strategic decision making
- Monitoring and adaptive management
- Climate Change and adaptation
- Threat management
- Ecological knowledge including fire and ecosystem function
Research is incorporated into almost every aspect of Saving our Species. Data are gathered throughout the implementation of SoS conservation strategies. Major program decisions are guided by strategic research, applying the best evidence available. Saving our Species also provides funding for research directly through the programs listed below. It also partners with other programs, such as the NSW Adaptation Hub, NSW Environmental Trust and the National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Threatened Species Recovery Hub to deliver evidence-based outcomes for threatened biodiversity.
Saving our Species science and research grants
Saving our Species allocated $5 million over 5 years to answer big questions using expertise in the research community. Over 30 research projects are being delivered by partnering with universities, other government agencies, botanical gardens, and community organisations. Most grants run for multiple years, with the first grants starting in 2016 and the final grants finishing in 2021.
Saving our Species Key Threatening Process Strategy
An example of integrating action and research, the Key Threatening Process Strategy has provided over $1.4 million to understand the best ways to combat feral deer, feral cats, fungal diseases, and other major threats to biodiversity in New South Wales.
Partnerships with the National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Threatened Species Recovery Hub
Saving our Species is partnering on more than 10 projects with the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub. These projects cover a broad range of strategic questions relevant to managing threatened species; for example, improving adaptive management and the effectiveness of management interventions, understanding animal and plant diseases, systematic conservation planning and the impacts of fire.
Research within Saving our Species conservation strategies
Saving our Species strategies are designed to incorporate targeted research and adaptive management if and where required to improve outcomes. All projects include monitoring and evaluation of outcomes to help understand what is working best. Many also include research designed specifically to answer major questions, forming part of larger projects such as ARC linkage grants.