Two men standing in an arid area.

TLJV researchers in a tropical arid region.

Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture

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

  • 29 October 2010 | Updated 27 February 2012


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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 Forest Institute (ATFI) [external link] in Cairns and the Australian Tropical Science and Innovation Precinct (ATSIP) in Townsville and also includes CSIRO’s Atherton Laboratory.

The TLJV concentrates on research to underpin the sustainable management of tropical landscapes, including the wet and dry tropics. The main aim of the TLJV is to foster collaboration between JCU and CSIRO scientists. The region 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 that the TLJV considers research from a broad range of perspectives; 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. 

The TLJV 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.