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National Environmental Science Programme: Tropical Water Quality Hub
by Department of the Environment and Energy (Government)
The Australian Governments National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) is a long-term commitment to environment and climate research, delivered through six research Hubs that are being provided with funding of $142.5 million from 2015 to 2021.

The Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub will make a significant contribution to research on coastal and marine water quality in Australia's Great Barrier Reef and other tropical waters with funding of $31.8m. This research will be of great value to decision-makers to better understand, manage and conserve Australia's environment by funding world-class biodiversity and climate science.

The NESP TWQ Hub provides innovative research for practical solutions to maintain and improve tropical water quality from catchment to coast under three research themes: Theme 1 Improved understanding of the impacts, including cumulative impacts, and pressures on priority freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems and species; Theme 2 Maximise the resilience of vulnerable species to the impacts of climate change and climate variability by reducing other pressures, including poor water quality; and, Theme 3 Natural resource management improvements based on sound understanding of the status and long-term trends of priority species and systems.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
December 2018
Engaging with farmers and demonstrating water quality outcomes to create confidence in on-farm decision-making
December 2019
Reducing sediment loads to the Great Barrier Reef: developing optimal approaches for treating alluvial gully erosion
December 2019
Improved water quality outcomes from on-farm nitrogen management
December 2019
Harnessing the science of social marketing and behaviour change for improved water quality in the GBR: an action research project
Financing (in USD)
63,600,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Scientific research and communication of research
Basic information
Time-frame: 2015 January - 2021 December
Australian Department of the Environment and Energy (Government), Griffith University (Academic institution), James Cook University (Academic institution), Central Queensland University (Academic institution), University of Queensland (Academic institution), Australian Institute of Marine Science (Government research agency) and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO Government Research agency).
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Naomie Johnson, Acting Director, Science Partnerships Section, environment.research@environment.gov.au, +61 2 6275 9886
Canberra, Australia
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