Australian Landcare helps fish in Laos

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Enthusiastically planting trees

Lao Fish Passage project gets boost from links with Landcare

Near the tiny village of Pak Peung nestled on the banks of the mighty Mekong River in Laos, the sound of excited school childen fills the humid tropical air. They are planting trees donated by the Yea Wetland Group in Victoria, Australia. It is World Environment Day 2014 and the children are joined by local government officials, University researchers, fisheries scientists and villagers. Everyone is pitching in, planting 500 trees and grasses to stabilise the banks of the new Fish Passage, a strange looking structure of conical posts set in a concrete channel.

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Bio-Acoustic Observatory and further Mistletoe research

Project Update

A/Prof David Watson’s nine day field trip to western NSW in April (April 17 to 26) has heralded the start of his collection of audio data for a new ARC Discovery project.

The trip was centred on the towns of Bourke, Cobar and Whitecliffs with most fieldwork conducted in and around Gundabooka National Park and Paroo-Darling National Park.
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Sustainable farming and Market Instruments

Project Update

An ARC Discovery project investigating the uptake of instruments for improved land management has found that while Queensland beef producers were willing to participate in schemes that offered payment for environmental services, a lack of support for paperwork held them back from participating in such schemes. Getting help with the paperwork also improved their trust in government agencies and environmental initiatives.

It also found that in the dairy industry, uptake of a voluntary self-assessment tool called DairySAT which incorporates greenhouse gas (GHG)emissions abatement as part of a broader suite of voluntary environmental best management practices, forms a potentially crucial – yet previously unacknowledged – dimension of managing GHG emissions.
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