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National Environmental Science Program Tropical Water Quality Hub

The National Environmental Science Program (NESP) is a six-year $142.5m research funding initiative of the Australian Government to provide applied environmental science to assist decision-makers to understand, manage and conserve Australia’s natural environment.

The $31.98m Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub is the largest of six NESP Hubs.

The NESP Tropical Water Quality Hub administered by the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Ltd, aims to provide innovative research for practical solutions to maintain and improve water quality from catchment to coast under three key themes:

1: Improved understanding of the impacts, including cumulative impacts, and pressures on priority freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems and species.

2: Maximise the resilience of vulnerable species to the impacts of climate change and climate variability by reducing other pressures, including poor water quality.

3: Natural resource management improvements based on sound understanding of the status and long-term trends of priority species and systems.

The key geographical focal area of the Hub is the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait and their associated catchments.

Recognising the interests, rights and knowledge of all end-users including Traditional Owners, industries, NRM groups, State Government and community, the Hub encourages research that is relevant to, benefits and involves end-users in the design and research capacity. The NESP TWQ Hub is also contributing to the targets of the Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan.

The six partner institutions of the NESP TWQ Hub are the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), James Cook University (JCU), Central Queensland University (CQU), CSIRO, University of Queensland (UQ) and Griffith University (GU).

More information on the Tropical Water Quality Hub can be found here.