The BioRisk project focuses on improving biodiversity management in areas threatened by changes to water tables and water flows. The project team has developed a planning process and tools (models), which combine plant ecophysiology and arid zone hydrology. It aims to ensure that community values and plant ecophysiology are taken into account when catchment managers use revegetation and engineering to protect biodiversity and water assets threatened by altered hydrology.

BioRisk focuses on catchments where important environmental management decisions are urgently required, such as Lake Toolibin in Western Australia. A recovery plan for the lake was first developed in 1994 with reviews produced in 1998 and 2004. Hydrological models, along with other research outcomes from the past decade, are being used to develop a new recovery plan for the lake, which is in its finals stages of preparation.

Components of the decision support process have also been tested across the country in a number of different areas, with encouraging results.

The outputs from the BioRisk team’s research will also contribute to the management of arid zone systems in general.

For more information email project leader, Ryan Vogwill.


Further Information


Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) ceased trading on 30 June 2014.

This website contains information about the CRC’s research into perennial plant based farming systems.

This site will remain live until 30 June 2017 but is no longer being updated or reviewed.

Further information about CRC research projects can be obtained by following links from relevant project pages or by viewing the research transfer page.

The CRC was funded for seven years (2007-2014) under the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre program.