NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub

The National Environmental Research Program (NERP) provides for applied public good research. The overall objective of the program was to improve our capacity to understand, manage and conserve Australia’s unique biodiversity and ecosystems through the generation of world-class research and its delivery to Australian environmental decision makers and other stakeholders. The program attracted $68.5 million in funding over four years to provide first-class science that is essential for sustainably managing Australia’s environment.

The largest of the Hubs, Tropical Ecosystems (TE) was a partnership between research providers with on-ground presence in Queensland, particularly AIMS, CSIRO, JCU, UQ and other research providers and research-users, including government agencies (Federal, State), statutory authorities (GBRMPA, TSRA, WTMA), Natural Resource Management bodies, conservation NGOs, regional industries, Indigenous communities and the general public.

The Tropical Ecosystem Hub addressed issues of concern for the management, conservation and sustainable use of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and its catchments, tropical rainforests including the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (WTWHA), and the terrestrial and marine assets underpinning resilient communities in the Torres Strait, through the generation and transfer of world-class research and shared knowledge.

The Hub had a matrix structure of three themes and twelve programs designed to deliver the Hub goals on a thematic and geographical basis. While the themes directly addressed the Hub goals, the program structure enabled effective aggregation at the specific ecosystem scale.


The 2014 NERP TE Hub Conference was held on the 5th-7th November 2014 at the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, Cairns.

We would like to extend our thanks to all the presenters, delegates and organising staff for a great Conference. We hope that all attendees enjoyed and took lots of great information away with them from the event.

Various publications from the conference will be uploaded onto the website in the forthcoming weeks, please click here to go to the uploads.

The poster awards were announced on the final day of the NERP conference, congratulations to the winners. The full list of results can be viewed here.


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