ATSIP Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture
JCU, in partnership with CSIRO, established the Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture (TLJV) to develop a collaborative porfolio of research drawing on the expertise of JCU and CSIRO researchers. The Joint Venture is part of the development of the Australian Tropical Science and Innovation Precinct (ATSIP) in Townsville, and includes CSIRO's Atherton Laboratory and the Australian Tropical Forest Institute (ATFI) in Cairns.
The partnership concentrates on research to underpin the sustainable management of tropical landscapes, including the wet and dry tropics. Its core objective is to foster collaboration between JCU and CSIRO scientists. It has an approach that incorporates not only ecological components, but also an explicit focus on the economic, social and policy aspects of the dynamics of these landscapes.
The TLJV has the potential to become a major provider of research to inform the development and implementation of natural resource, water and biodiversity management for North Queensland, a region that is home to two World Heritage areas.