“Delivering a suite of integrated and focused research projects that underpin the success of mine site restoration”

The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR) is a new model for workplace integrated researcher training. It will deliver restoration-industry-ready professionals focused on the needs of the mining sector, to enhance the capacity of industry to deliver improved financial, social and environmental outcomes. 

Scale and context are key drivers of research priorities for restoration. Thus there is a clear need to develop proven, cost-effective, and scalable restoration solutions. These restoration needs form the foundation of the CMSR. The CMSR is structured as six thematic research areas: restoration genetics, seed technology and enablement, rare species management, restoration ecophysiology, restoration trajectory, and mining industry policy extension.

Together these themes will create a multi-disciplinary, integrated training centre that complements the proponents’ substantial existing capacity in restoration research.

 

RESTORATION GENETICS

Application of molecular and genecological, and mapping approaches for understanding the drivers and consequences of adaptively significant genetic variation and its spatial structure, to inform decisions regarding seed sourcing and seed farming for better restoration outcomes.

 

RESTORATION ECOPHYSIOLOGY

Train researchers to use quantitative ecophysiological traits to assess plant function and plant condition, in order to support management decisions about how to design resilient restoration communities and substrates, as well as monitor restoration success.

 

SEED TECHNOLOGY AND ENABLEMENT

Develop researcher capacity to increase the reliable supply of high-quality seeds and develop technologies to deliver robust and high vigour seeds to restoration sites.

 

 

RARE AND RECALCITRANT SPECIES

Develop researchers that understand the distribution and ecological, demographic and physiological behaviour of rare and range-restricted species to minimise impacts and enhance restoration approaches, and establish standardised criteria for ranking translocation success within restored landscapes.

 

RESTORATION TRAJECTORY

 

Exploring a diverse suite of methods, such as the bio-indicator species and spatial modelling, to evaluate the level of recovery and project the progression of restoration into the future.

 

 

 

MINING INDUSTRY POLICY EXTENSION

 

How mining restoration is perceived by the industry, stakeholder and community and establishing a nationwide approach to mine closure policy. 

 

 

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