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Sustainable wildlife trade – can we do it?

International wildlife trade is a big deal. It’s estimated to be worth billions of dollars every year, and can threaten the survival of species around the world. We chatted to the IAE’s Professor Peter Bridgewater about his experience at the most recent meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa, earlier this month.

How does CITES work?

In the 1960’s there was growing concern about wildlife becoming extinct


UC project to save Central Australian waterholes

By Marcus Butler

23 September 2016: A new University of Canberra project aims to repair damage to waterholes in Central Australia which have been devastated by feral animals such as camels roaming the country.

The University’s Collaborative Indigenous Research Initiative (UC-CIRI) has provided $100,000 funding over two years for the project which will be carried out by the University’s Institute for Applied Ecology senior research fellow Fiona Dyer and science lecturer Valerie Caron.

The waterholes are not only sources of


Aquatic insects want the weekend off: Changing dam release strategies to restore river health

Hydropower is often seen as a green energy solution, but dams cause substantial environmental damage that is not part of the ‘green’ labelling. The conundrum of meeting both human and river health needs in a cost effective manner was highlighted in the Perspective piece written by the IAE’s Professor LeRoy Poff, and his colleague, Professor John Schmidt of Utah State University, in the prestigious journal, Science.

“Releasing water below the dam has a clear economic cost associated with it, so