Arid Recovery has a strong research focus. One of our aims is to research and monitor the processes of ecological restoration and provide people with information and techniques on how to improve management of Australia's arid lands.

Whilst some research is conducted by Arid Recovery staff, other research is in collaboration with external agencies. Arid Recovery continues to maintain research links with the University of Adelaide, the SA Arid Lands NRM Board and the University of NSW.

 Arid Recovery Research Objectives

  • Arid Recovery provides a research structure that supports and encourages succession, gives direction, and focuses on disseminating what is known.
  • The Arid Recovery system is sustainable with multiple trophic levels and the resilience to cope with environmental changes.
  • The Arid Recovery Reserve is a demonstrable and usable model that provides net mutual benefits to mining, pastoralists and conservationists.
  • Landholders in arid and semi-arid environments use Arid Recovery data to sustain their own environments.

Arid Recovery Research to Date

Arid Recovery research has been underpinned by the following research priorities:

  • Document and differentiate between the restoration of ecological processes after the removal of feral animals and the reintroduction of locally extinct species.
  • Research the ecology of threatened and significant species and formulate monitoring and re-introduction protocols.
  • Explore options for maintaining desired population levels of threatened species within the Reserve including indicators of overstocking.
  • Develop and improve methods to control and exclude feral animals


More Information

2012-2017 Research Plan


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Arid recovery is a conservation initiative supported by:
adelaide university