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Key Result Areas

The CRC's strategic directions in its second round were focused on four Key Result Areas which were defined through the work of the CRC's first round, and discussions among research users in the savannas. Key Result Areas>>

Research themes

The Centre had a linking approach to research: our research program was organised around four integrated themes rather than different research disciplines or sectors. The four Themes were:

  • Landscape Ecology & Health
  • Industry & Community Natural Resource Management
  • Regional Planning & Management
  • Human Capability Development.
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Research across a vast landscape

Our research program was driven by the need to make tropical savannas research more useful to research users and by two major factors:

  • There are and will continue to be, increasing pressures to develop and intensify the use of natural resources in northern Australia. This will come from both entrepreneurial investment and existing enterprises wishing to increase productivity
  • It is far less costly in public and private terms to maintain and protect the environment than it is to renew and restore it after it has been degraded.

One of the reasons people value the tropical savannas is that they still retain many of the natural and cultural values that have been lost in southern Australia—the flip side of this situation is that the low population of the tropical savannas makes it difficult to develop a "critical mass" of researchers in many disciplines.

The Tropical Savannas CRC helped to overcome this problem by creating projects that brought together researchers from its 16 partner agencies spread across Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

The TS-CRC was well placed to take a whole-of-savannas view of land-management research and to link researchers from different sectors (e.g. pastoral and conservation); from different disciplines (e.g. biophysical scientists and ethno-ecologists) and different states and territories.

In this way the research carried out by the Centre added value to the research carried out by our partner agencies.

Savanna Explorer 

To read more about general land management issues in northern Australia—as well as the ecology, flora, fauna and communities—go to our website, Savanna Explorer. Go to:

Land Manager

For more specific information to help with land management in the north, you can explore the North Australian Land Manager website, which has a "clearing house" of practical information for people involved in managing natural resources in northern Australia. Go to:

North Australian Fire Information

This site, developed by the CRC, is used by land managers to monitor bushfires across northern Australia and is now a key land management tool. Go to:


This website for schools presents the knowledge and people involved in sustainable natural and cultural resource management across north Australia in an accessible way. The site was developed with schools and the NT Education Department and features interactive modules that bring the savannas and their management to life. Go to:

Savanna Links

The CRC's newsletter, Savanna Links, provided news and information on a broad range of land management issues, research and events across the tropical savannas. In print from1996-2009, there is a substantial archive on issues of concern to the north. Go to Savanna Links>>