Why create a Hub?
Many agencies across the Victorian government invest significant resources in aquatic monitoring and research activities to protect and improve the environmental condition. The government is committed to undertaking coordinated, strategic, efficient monitoring and research work to support these actions. It is also striving to fill knowledge gaps to improve our management, and to clearly show the outcomes of investment to communities. Good management of waterway and catchment health depends on evidence-based decision-making and adaptive management.
To this end, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) and Victorian Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) created the Applied Aquatic Ecology Research Hub (The Hub) in 2016. The Hub is about bringing together information about aquatic monitoring and research being undertaken in the Victoria in an easily understood and accessible way. Research and monitoring information is broken down into eight core themes.
There are numerous research and monitoring activities underway in Victoria across these themes. The map below shows just ten projects which ARI is involved in.