TRaCK: Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge

Science and knowledge that governments, communities, industries for sustainable use of Australia's tropical rivers and estuaries

Jane Hughes

Jane Hughes

Jane Hughes
Project Leader
Griffith University

Jane worked for Griffith University during the first phase of TRaCK research, and led a project that aimed to better predict the impacts of water resource development on freshwater animals, by identifying areas with high conservation values.

 

Phase 1 Projects

Outcomes The findings from this research has helped decision-makers better predict the impacts of water resource development on freshwater animals. For example if river flows are made unfavourable to a species in a particular catchment what does this mean in terms of the survival of the species as a whole? This has then lead to the development of strategies and policies for environmentally sustainable economic and social development of northern Australia. The project provided tools that have helped identify networks of protected areas that can represent the full variety of species or ecosystems in northern river systems. This has assisted Governments and conservation agencies to create a more resilient parks and reserve system and help set aquatic restoration and conservation targets and objectives.
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