We have a strategic alliance with James Cook University (JCU) known as the Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture (TLJV) to facilitate collaborative research between our two world-class organisations.

Science and management challenges in north Queensland

North Queensland is undergoing rapid development and a number of land uses and industries compete for natural resources. Urban and peri-urban development, tourism, mining, agriculture, pastoralism, aquaculture, fishing and nature conservation are all major contributors to the region's economy that depend on these resources.

The science and management challenges facing tropical, including savanna, landscapes in north Queensland make it imperative to consider research from a broad range of perspectives.

James Cook University, in partnership with CSIRO, established the Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture (TLJV) in order to develop a collaborative portfolio of research drawing on the expertise of JCU and CSIRO researchers.

The Joint Venture is part of the development of the Australian Tropical Science and Innovation Precinct (ATSIP) in Townsville, and also includes CSIRO's Atherton Laboratory and the Australian Tropical Forest Institute in Cairns.

The TLJV concentrates on research to underpin the sustainable management of tropical landscapes, including the wet and dry tropics. Its main aim is to foster collaboration between JCU and CSIRO scientists.

The TLJV has an approach that incorporates not only ecological components but which also has an explicit focus on the economic, social and policy aspects of the dynamics of these landscapes.

It has the potential to become a major provider of research to inform the development and implementation of natural resource, water and biodiversity management for north Queensland, a region containing two World Heritage areas.

Objective of the Joint Venture

The objective of the TLJV is to foster collaboration between JCU and CSIRO to:

  • leverage the joint strengths of the institutions to perform research relevant to the tropical landscapes of the northern Australian environment
  • demonstrate collaboration to internal and external stakeholders
  • build relevant expertise for the future strategic directions of CSIRO and JCU.

Structure and governance

The TLJV is governed through the following structures.

TLJV Management Committee

TLJV Director

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