GER is committed to developing a better understanding of the issues and values of the Great Eastern Ranges corridor. The significance of the GER corridor is well recognised by many land managers, policy makers and researchers. However, continued research has the potential to significantly increase awareness amongst the Australian and international community of the extraordinary diversity, uniqueness and importance of the Great Eastern Ranges as a repository for biodiversity on a global scale.
Research is needed to answer three fundamental questions, which help to guide high level policy and investment decisions:
- What assets occur within the GER, making it significant in the broader continental context, and driving decisions about investment in the GER relative to other types of landscapes in other environments?
- Within the GER, which regions, assets, processes and threats should be targeted to create maximum resilience into the future?
- What existing, new or future techniques are most effective in addressing the problems facing habitats and native species in the GER corridor?
Research also plays an important role in guiding the development and implementation of effective projects, and ensures the most essential data, tools, analysis and knowledge infrastructure are made available to the GER community. It is used to:
- inform priorities for action by understanding natural and human assets and values in the context of regional conservation needs and opportunities;
- demonstrate the importance of acting in the GER corridor, by showing the significance of the region and identifying opportunities to add value to past efforts;
- rationalise decisions and demonstrate measurable success and progress, which is essential to maintain government, public and investor confidence;
- maximise opportunities to tap into the emerging “green economy”, including BioBanking, green carbon economies, carbon sequestration, catchment yield and quality provision services; and
- define the scope and scale of funding needs and shape future policy choices, including decisions about institutional arrangements and relationships with the scientific community, funding bodies and industry.
The GER Science Reference Panel promotes improved collaboration between researchers, practitioners and other partners to in order to communicate, adopt and apply best available information, and provides advice on policy statements and the GER Science and Information Delivery Plan, which guides investment of time and resources in research.