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The Institute for Land, Water and Society is one of four Centres of Research Excellence within Charles Sturt University, Australia. Its principal focus is on integrated research which contributes to improved social and environmental sustainability in rural and regional areas

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Building trust between communities and agencies

Mutual trust built between major fire events creates better communication between communities and fire management agencies, whereas mistrust creates active barriers according to an international study that included major bushfire events in Victoria. Read more

Fishways connect international researchers

Australian and Lao researchers have collaborated to address the growing problem of allowing native fish to move between the mighty Mekong River, the most important river in South East Asia, and surrounding rice paddies and wetlands. Read more

Go on, hug a tree it will make you feel better

We know that trees have many benefits. In forests they provide habitat, wood, biodiversity and ecosystem services. In cities, they can mitigate the urban heat island effect by cooling the air and reducing greenhouse gases. But, perhaps surprisingly, there is increasing evidence that trees are also good for our mental health says Dr Shelby Gull Laird in an article in The Conversation.

International recognition for CSU wetlands expert

A new international appointment for Institute Director Professor Max Finlayson has highlighted the high standing of CSU and the Institute in international environmental research and policy development. Read more

Graziers need help to protect nature

Queensland beef producers are willing to participate in schemes that offer payments for environmental services, but a lack of support with paperwork is holding them back says ILWS social researcher Associate Professor Vaughan Higgins. Read more

Time to put Basin Plan into action

Now that all states have signed up, ILWS Director and wetland ecologist Professor Max Finlayson said it's time to focus on putting the Murray Darling Basin Plan into action. Read more

Idyllic rural life offers challenges and opportunities

As Australian urban areas rapidly become overcrowded, marketing campaigns use images of relaxed lifestyles and bucolic pastures to sell dreams of country bliss to fatigued urbanites. But is rural living as idyllic as it seems? Read more

Drought package offers limited relief

The federal government's drought relief package will be of limited benefit to rural communities according to ILWS experts. Read more

 

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