New MOU reinforces collaboration between UNE and OEH

Published 22 June 2016

The University of New England (UNE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) today providing a framework for continued collaboration between the two organisations.

Vice-Chancellor and CEO, Professor Annabelle Duncan, said this latest MOU is the third in a constructive, beneficial and highly regarded relationship between UNE and OEH going back 13 years.

Dr Kate Wilson, OEH, and Professor Annabelle Duncan

Dr Kate Wilson, OEH, and Professor Annabelle Duncan

“The MOU enables us to continue to work together with OEH providing practical application for the research we generate,” Prof Duncan said.

“We will continue our joint project on the management of native vegetation, and I hope it will encourage future collaboration on a number of exciting and innovative environmental initiatives.”

Executive Director of the OEH Science Division, Dr Kate Wilson, co-signed the document with Prof Duncan.

“The Armidale OEH science staff are all located on the UNE campus, allowing them to collaborate closely with university staff to deliver top quality evidence for environmental decision making,” Dr Wilson said.

“Over the past five years we have worked together to identify suitable lands for NSW land managers to participate more fully in carbon markets, and to understand how our biodiversity will handle changing land uses, vegetation cover and climate.

“I’m delighted to see our arrangement strengthen and flourish, and look forward to our continued collaboration over the next five years.”

The five-year agreement extends and confirms an ongoing framework for partnership between OEH and UNE, to build upon existing collaborative projects and begin ground-breaking new environmental research with far reaching positive benefits for New England and NSW.