Towards a more durable institutional base for invasive animals R&D

Invasive animals in Australia represent a classic problem — chronic, diffuse, pervasive, fragmented, insidious, cumulative, with strong public and private good dimensions — that exemplifies the drivers behind the establishment of the original Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) model.

Invasive animals are among the biggest threats to Australia’s biodiversity, they impose costs on most agricultural and horticultural industries (exceeding $700m annually), they pose serious biosecurity risks, including potentially to human health, and they compound significant land and water degradation problems. However, perhaps because invasive animals are pervasive and chronic across Australia, no-one has clear ownership of the issue. This has contributed to a lack of critical mass and a fragmented research, extension, regulatory and policy effort.

There is a compelling case for continued public investment in a national institutional framework to plan, fund and coordinate collaborative applied invasive animals research and development in Australia.

Documents Towards a more durable institutional base for invasive animals R&D (2Mb PDF)
Author Andrew Campbell
Year 2011
Place published Canberra
Publisher Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre
Institution Invasive Animals CRC
Pages 46 pp
ISBN/ISSN Web ISBN: 978-1-921777-11-0
Region Australia - national