We’ve been working with our partners at the Arthur Rylah Institute (ARI), Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) and the Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) to see how we can share information with each other. There are many benefits and efficiencies for everyone if we create a collaborative Applied Aquatic Ecology Research Hub (The Hub) consistent with Action 3.9 in Water for Victoria.

The Hub will improve the connection, sharing and collaboration of research based knowledge within DELWP and between our partners at the VEWH and CMAs .

It will support the needs of our partners by facilitating and supporting improved coordination, delivery and sharing of new and existing monitoring and research knowledge of aquatic systems.  We’ll be working together to improve the adoption of research contributions in policy and practice.

Two men wade in a stream. Words across the bottom of image: cooperation, advocacy, governance, project management

Knowledge needs

Diagram of hub themes: centre circle "Hub Partner knowledge needs" surrounded by the following seven needs: *statutory and funding obligations, *operational decision making, *adaptive management, *resource condition and trend monitoring, *demonstrate management effectiveness, *community engagement, *demonstrate organisational performance.

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The Hub will be coordinating the 2018 Water for the Environment: Share, Connect & Improve (SCI) symposium, an environmental water forum to be held in February.

The forum will enable the open exchange of ideas, lessons and knowledge from the network of people working in or interested in environmental water and to share and develop methods to improve effective knowledge exchange between researchers, mangers and policy makers. 

We're currently seeking expressions of interest for the presentation of case studies that can be used in the symposium for group work: download more information (PDF, 259.1 KB).

  • The Hub is facilitating a series of roundtable discussions to explore collaborative opportunities for better knowledge exchange, research and funding, initially between the Hub Partners with the aim of exploring topics that will engage a wider audience. 
  • Climate Change impacts on aquatic ecology will be held on 12 December 2017.

The Hub has achieved the following:

  • Development of sound governance, communication, strategic and project management framework
  • Development and release of the first version of a directory of research and monitoring activities (RaMonD) of Hub partners with a second updated version to be released later in 2017
  • Development of a set of “research landscape maps” showing the connection between research projects and higher level statutory and strategic drivers
  • A research knowledge prioritisation process that has been applied to the policy areas of  “estuaries”  and “riparian management”.

Download the Strategic Plan (PDF, 3.3 MB)

A Hub Coordinator was engaged in February to:

  • implement the 2017 Work Plan
  • communicate to ensure sharing of ideas and addressing needs of all partners
  • ensure sound project management
  • evaluate and improve the Hub effectiveness

More information

Contact Rob Richards, Hub Coordinator

robert.richards@delwp.vic.gov.au