Jaana Dielenberg is the Knowledge broker for the Northern Australia Hub of the National Environmental Research Program. The hub brings together more than 100 researchers and land managers to improve biodiversity management in Northern Australia through research, sound planning, innovative policy and strong partnerships. It is supported by $14.7 million of funding through the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water Population and Communities, and $15.8 million of co-investment from the research partners and other stakeholders.
There are 16 projects projects looking at different aspects of improving biodiversity management in Australia’s dry tropics. Projects include small mammals, pest animals, weed impacts and spread, sediments and sea-level rise, partnerships with Indigenous land managers, planning tools, socio-economic factors, carbon markets and remote sensing applications. For more information about the hub or individual projects please go to: www.nerpnorthern.edu.au
Jaana leads the Knowledge Brokering project which aims to increase the uptake of hub research by groups involved in biodiversity conservation in Northern Australia, including National and State Government, NRM bodies, Indigenous land managers, park managers and farmers. She works closely with Amy Kimber the Hub and Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge (TRaCK) Communications Co-ordinator.
Jaana completed a Batchelor of Arts (Geography) and Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne. Before moving to Darwin, she worked in Victoria for Melbourne Water for 11 years in a variety of natural resource management and planning roles all aimed at improving the health of greater Melbourne’s 8,400km of waterways. For the last three years she worked as the Knowledge Broker for Melbourne Water’s Waterways group aiming to increase staff expertise, confidence and networks in technical aspects of waterway management.