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SEMINAR: Protecting the unknown – What data for local coral reef conservation planning?
SEMINAR: Protecting the unknown – What data for local coral reef conservation planning?

Next Monday, Mélanie Hamel will present her PhD pre-completion seminar. Title: Protecting the unknown: what data for local coral reef conservation planning? Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, Townsville (map). When: Monday 15th June 2015, 12:00 to 13:00 hrs. Abstract: Systematic conservation planning helps to identify candidate protected areas to represent biodiversity […]

The Barrier Reef is not listed as in danger, but the threats remain
Lady Elliot Island, Underwater Earth Catlin Seaview Survey

UNESCO and IUCN have just released a draft decision for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The decision proposes not to list the GBR “In danger” as many expected.  However, given the many threats that still face the GBR, this article suggests several aspects of the decision that need to be stronger to maintain the World Heritage values. Jon Day from the ARC Centre for Coral […]

Science can influence policy and benefit the public – here’s how
Science can influence policy and benefit the public – here’s how

As conservation scientists, the ultimate goal in our work is to contribute to onground conservation in some way; whether it be through improving the evidence base for the conservation decisions, bringing attention to poorly known issues, or finding the best way of tackling a conservation problem. My first postdoc – fresh out of my PhD […]

Help identify research priorities for Oceania
Help identify research priorities for Oceania

As conservation scientists, most of us hope to conduct research that will be useful to practitioners, and will ultimately “make a difference”. However, it remains unclear whether the areas towards which we are investing our research efforts will actually produce the information that conservation practitioners and natural resource managers need. Understanding the information that decision-makers […]

NEW PAPER: Efficient and equitable design of marine protected areas in Fiji through inclusion of stakeholder-specific objectives in conservation planning
NEW PAPER: Efficient and equitable design of marine protected areas in Fiji through inclusion of stakeholder-specific objectives in conservation planning

A new paper on integrating socioeconomic considerations into spatial prioritization, led by Georgina Gurney and other members of the Conservation Planning Group, is now online in Conservation Biology . In this study we evaluated two key aspects of incorporating socioeconomic factors into spatial prioritization: treatment of socioeconomic factors as costs or objectives and treatment of […]

ARC Centre of Excellence’s Virginia Chadwick Award
Fisherman, Indonesia, Georgina Gurney

Georgina Gurney recently received a Virginia Chadwick Award for her paper on how marine protected areas (MPAs) affect human wellbeing, which is published in Global Environmental Change. The Virginia Chadwick Awards are awarded each year to five ARC Centre of Excellence graduate students for the most outstanding publications in peer-reviewed international journals. Georgina’s paper examined […]

SEMINAR: Georgina Gurney – Improving the success of conservation planning: integration of socioeconomic considerations into the design and management of marine protected areas
Georgina Gurney, James Cook University

* Update! You can view Georgina’s seminar online! Check out the end of this post. This Wednesday, Georgina Gurney will present her PhD pre-completion seminar. Title: Improving the success of conservation planning: integration of socioeconomic considerations into the design and management of marine protected areas Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, […]

NEW PAPER: Spatial mismatch between marine protected areas and dugongs in New Caledonia
NEW PAPER: Spatial mismatch between marine protected areas and dugongs in New Caledonia

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are a powerful tool for conserving marine biodiversity when designed using ecological information and conservation goals and targets. Dugongs (Dugong dugon) were not an explicit target in the design of the network of MPAs in the lagoons of New Caledonia, despite being one of the region’s World Heritage values. Christophe Cleguer’s […]

NEW PAPER: Understanding and managing compliance in the nature conservation Context
NEW PAPER: Understanding and managing compliance in the nature conservation Context

Conservation is essentially about managing people. Conservation becomes ineffective when people break the rules intended to conserve nature. Unfortunately, noncompliance is pervasive. Between 20 and 50% of the timber sold worldwide is of illegal origin. Illegally caught fish accounts for nearly 20% of the world’s reported catch. More than half of park ranger deaths are […]

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Our core group of researchers, led by Prof. Bob Pressey, is based at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, Australia. We collaborate widely with conservation biologists and practitioners worldwide.

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