Managing natural resources for a healthy and sustainable environment

With the world’s population expanding rapidly, pressure on our natural resources is greater than ever before. Sustaining a healthy environment is critical for our survival and depends on maintaining essential ecological processes, biodiversity and environmental quality.

Our work spans the continuum from natural ecosystems to rural and urban systems, pollution control and environmental impact assessment. It brings together biophysical and social sciences to align the technical, legal, policy and management factors which are needed to address environmental issues effectively.

Interacting with other UQ research centres, collaborating institutions, industry and governments around the world, the School’s multidimensional expertise has attracted high demand for environmental policy and planning input within Australia and internationally. The innovative models we’re developing for conserving natural environments are already impacting positively on agriculture, fisheries, mining, and urban industries, as well as on the communities reliant on these activities to sustain present and future generations.