Journal article

Facilitating collaborations between researchers and practitioners in ecosystem management and restoration

Sacha Jellinek, Samantha Lloyd, Carla Catterall, Chloe Sato



Collaborations between researchers and practitioners are vital to ensure mutual learning to inform scientific and on-ground outcomes and government policy. Communicating outcomes from these collaborations benefit land management and restoration projects. The Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) Practitioner Engagement Working Group (PEWG) showcases and communicates applied ecological research projects, driven by partnerships between researchers and practitioners, and promotes the value of these links to on-ground action. In December 2019, the PEWG ran the Practitioner Engagement for On-ground Outcomes symposium at the ESA annual conference in Launceston, Tasmania, to highlight key factors t..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank all the participants who took part in the Practitioner engagement for on-ground outcomes symposium, as well as the Ecological Society of Australia for developing greater collaborations between practitioners and researchers. In particular, we thank Dr Karen Ikin for helping organise the symposium, and the people who provided the case studies for this article: Mr Jack Pascoe and the Otway Threatened Species Network, the Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, the Kickstart project, Dr Phil Bell (Biodiversity Maintenance Australia) and Mr Simon Cook (Forico Pty Ltd), Dr Ben French (University of Tasmania) and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, and Dr Phil Gibbons (Australian National University). The Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium is supported by Healthy Land and Water, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.