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GOVERNANCE ACROSS THE LAND-SEA INTERFACE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
GOVERNANCE ACROSS THE LAND-SEA INTERFACE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

In the context of increasing pressures on the land-sea interface, the role of governance is a potentially important, yet unfortunately an understudied consideration in our pursuit of sustainability. Existing governance can set the course for the fragmented decision-making that currently spawns many inappropriate uses of coastal areas and watersheds (e.g., land-clearing for agriculture without considering […]

DOES SYSTEMATIC CONSERVATION PLANNING MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE?
DOES SYSTEMATIC CONSERVATION PLANNING MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE?

The world is filling up with conservation plans. Many hundreds have been completed worldwide. But how many make a difference, in terms of preventing the loss of biodiversity? And what can we learn about these planning exercises to plan with greater conservation impact in the future? Emma McIntosh, undertaking a PhD at Oxford University, is […]

DESIGNING MARINE RESERVE NETWORKS WITH STAKEHOLDERS
DESIGNING MARINE RESERVE NETWORKS WITH STAKEHOLDERS

Integrating stakeholder preferences into science-driven approaches to designing marine reserve networks can help to create designs that are scientifically sound, while taking into account local knowledge and preferences. Early engagement and input from stakeholders can facilitate the successful implementation of new marine reserves and maximise compliance. Worldwide, overfishing and climate change threaten marine biodiversity and […]

Marine reserve design infographic in Bahasa Indonesia
Marine reserve design infographic in Bahasa Indonesia

Last week I wrote about our new paper in Journal of Applied Ecology, Using reef fish movement to inform marine reserve design. My co-authors and I really excited to see the approach we demonstrate in the paper applied elsewhere, so I was thrilled to be contacted by Jensi Sartin of Reef Check Foundation Indonesia (and JCU alumnus) who asked […]

New Paper: Using reef fish movement to inform marine reserve design
New Paper: Using reef fish movement to inform marine reserve design

In this post Rebecca Weeks discusses her recent paper ‘Using reef fish movement to inform marine reserve design‘. Reproduced from the Journal of Applied Ecology blog. Photo above: Luiz Rocha The majority of marine protected areas in Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia) are too small to protect the species that people care about most. But when livelihoods depend […]

15 ways to weaken (or strengthen) a protected-area system
15 ways to weaken (or strengthen) a protected-area system

At the meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology (Oceania) in Brisbane, July 2016, Bob Pressey led a symposium on recent weakening of the Australia protected-area system. Examples of weakening include legal changes to boundaries or allowed uses, but there are many other examples, typically under the public’s radar, of weakening without legal changes. The […]

The Conservation Planning Group at SCBO2016
The Conservation Planning Group at SCBO2016

Several members and of the Conservation Planning Group will be in Brisbane this week for the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Congress. Our scheduled presentations are below. Hope to see you there! Name Presentation Session Day Time Room Jessica Blythe Building Governance Capacity Through Social Networks Social Network Analysis for Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities Wed 6th July 11:40 […]

Does tourism really suffer at sites listed as World Heritage In Danger?
Does tourism really suffer at sites listed as World Heritage In Danger?

A recent article in The Conversation explores the possible impact for tourism on the Great Barrier Reef given the potential for listing of the Reef as World Heritage in Danger. Jon Day (PhD candidate in the ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies) outlines the impacts for tourism at three other famous World Heritage destinations – […]

The Conservation Planning Group at ICRS 2016
The Conservation Planning Group at ICRS 2016

Several members and recent alumni of the Conservation Planning Group will soon be off to Hawaii for the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium. Our scheduled presentations are below. Hope to see you there! Name Presentation Session Day Time Room Bob Pressey PLANNING AND MANAGING MARINE PROTECTED AREAS: FROM BELIEF SYSTEMS TO EVIDENCE 69 Evaluating the […]

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We are a multidisciplinary group of researchers at James Cook University, interested in all aspects of conservation planning and led by Prof. Bob Pressey. We are based at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, the College of Marine & Environmental Sciences, the College of Business, Law & Governance, and the Cairns Institute. We collaborate widely with conservation biologists and practitioners worldwide. 

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