The Plan

Our natural and managed ecosystems form the world we live, play and work in; the settings for our industry; and the distinctive natural heritage that characterises the Australian nation. They are the basis of our current and future prosperity, and our national wellbeing. However, growing human populations, continuing habitat loss, moving climate zones and increasing global competition for resources are applying unprecedented and cumulative pressures to Australian ecosystems. A strong and sustainable Australian ecosystem science enterprise is vital for understanding and securing these ecosystems in the face of current and future challenges.

Foundations for the future: a long-term plan for Australian ecosystem science defines the vision, key directions and priorities for a national ecosystem science capability that will enable Australia to understand and effectively manage its ecosystems for decades to come. Developed collaboratively through extensive national consultation across 2013-2014, the document was officially launched on 15 July 2014.

Follow the links below to read the Plan. You can also browse this website to find more information about the development of the Plan, the key directions identified in the Plan, and ways to get involved as the Plan is implemented. You can also sign up to receive updates about the Plan.


Click here to download Foundations for the future (.pdf, approx 2.7MB)

Click here to view Foundations for the future in a digital flipbook