Effective monitoring of riparian rehabilitation
Millions of dollars are invested annually in activities to improve the condition of aquatic ecosystems throughout Australia. However, often there is a lack of evidence to prioritise and guide the design of these interventions and/or demonstrate the impact or effectiveness of these investments.
This is why Verterra is partnering with the University of Southern Queensland and Queensland University of Technology to offer an integrated approach to monitoring riparian management. This includes observational monitoring and experimental approaches that provide different but complementary information. This Multiple Lines and Levels of Evidence (MLLE) approach enables both qualitative and quantitative evidence from interventions to be identified, and the strength of the causality demonstrated with evidence.
This approach to monitoring and evaluation will provide outcomes such as:
- Understanding the impact of riparian interventions on the distribution, structure and composition of riparian and instream vegetation at reach and catchment scales;
- Understanding the impact of riparian interventions on river ecosystem functioning at reach and catchment scales; and
- Identifying factors that modify outcomes of riparian interventions at reach and catchment scales.