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Research Committee

A Biosphere Interim Research Committee was formed in May 2002 to progress the development of research, education, training, and transfer of knowledge as required under the UNESCO mandate.

Western Port Biosphere Foundation

Ph 0359 792 167 email admin@biosphere.org.au


A Biosphere Interim Research Committee was formed in May 2002 to progress the development of research, education, training, and transfer of knowledge as required under the UNESCO mandate. It formed one of the working parties helping the Biosphere Advisory Group prepare the bid to create the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve.

The Western Port Biosphere Reserve was designated under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere program in November 2002 and the Research Committee was formally constituted in May 2008.
 

Aims

The Research Committee aims to oversee the fulfilment of the research component of the Logistical Support theme of the Living Strategy of Western Port Biosphere Reserve through building and sharing knowledge by facilitating, monitoring and utilizing research. This is consistent with the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program and Madrid Action Plan (2008–2013).
 

Responsibilities

The Research Committee serves as a clearing house for research activities for the UNESCO Western Port Biosphere. The Research Committee will:

  1. Take responsibility for articulating the Research Strategy Plan and the Research Action Plan and oversee their implementation. These plans will take into consideration UNESCO and State of the Environment reports and similar policies. The committee may, as appropriate, be responsible for undertaking research.
  2. Cooperate and communicate with other parties who have research interests in the Biosphere Reserve, its Roundtables and the Foundation Board.
  3. Act as the first point of contact for all research requests relating to the Biosphere.
  4. Seek out opportunities for research in the Biosphere.

The Biosphere Foundation's research committee has strong links to scientific and educational institutions. It includes the following members:

  • Dr Mary Cole – Chair, Biologist, Director Agpath PL
  • Terry Coates – Ecologist, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
  • Gillian Collins – Community Representative
  • Geoff Duke – Aquatic Biologist & Viticulturalist
  • John Hick – Biodiversity Officer, Department of Environment & Primary Industries
  • David G Nicholls – Bandicoot Recovery Project Officer, Biosphere Foundation
  • Duncan Sutherland – Researcher, Phillip Island Nature Parks 
  • Garrique Pergl – Strategic Planner Natural Systems, Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • Dr Sharron Pfueller – Retired Senior Research Fellow, School of Geography & Environmental Science, Monash University
  • Ian Stevenson – Executive Officer, Western Port Catchment Committee
  • Peter Woodgate - CEO Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information
     

Research Strategy  research_strategy_may2012.pdf

Terms of Reference rctor2013.pdf