Dr Eva Abal
Dr Eva Abal’s major scientific expertise and research interests include scientific management and coordination of multidisciplinary projects, ecophysiology of marine communities, with emphasis on their use as biological indicators of various impacts on ecosystems, effective science communication, strategic research planning and facilitating linkages between scientists and managers/stakeholders.
Eva oversees the management of scientific activities of the South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership (SEQHWP), including quality assurance of scientific activities and information, research plan/design development, and dissemination of information to stakeholders. Eva coordinates the SEQHWP’s Scientific Expert Panel, a consortium of experts, which oversees the strategic research direction to achieve the Healthy Waterways vision. Eva’s passion is in the synthesis and effective communication of scientific information, making science relevant and useful to stakeholders and managers.
SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership
The SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership is represents a whole-of-government, whole-of-community approach to understanding, planning for, and managing the use of our waterways.
The key elements of the Partnership include: the implementation by a range of partners of management actions ranging from upgrades in sewage treatment plants, to improved planning regimes and rehabilitation of riparian vegetation; a multi-disciplinary science and research program that underpins the management action program and monitors its effectiveness; and the Healthy Waterways promotional and educational program that seeks to build on similar activities of partners and ensure that there is community awareness and support for action.
The Healthy Waterways Partnership (The Partnership) framework illustrates a unique integrated approach to water quality management whereby scientific research, community participation, and policy/strategy development are done in parallel with each other.
This collaborative effort has resulted in a water quality management strategy, which integrates the socio-economic and ecological values of the waterways, and has led to significant cost savings by providing a clear focus on initiatives towards achieving the healthy waterways:healthy catchments vision which is By 2020, our waterways and catchments will be healthy ecosystems supporting the livelihoods and lifestyles of people in South East Queensland, and will be managed through collaboration between community, government and industry.