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NEW OPEN ACCESS PAPER: The importance of fishing grounds as perceived by local communities can be undervalued by measures of socioeconomic cost used in conservation planning
NEW OPEN ACCESS PAPER: The importance of fishing grounds as perceived by local communities can be undervalued by measures of socioeconomic cost used in conservation planning

Marine reserve placement must account for the importance of places for resource use to minimize negative socioeconomic impacts and improve compliance. It is often assumed that placing marine reserves in locations that minimize lost fishing opportunities will reduce impacts on coastal communities, but the influence of the fishing data used on this outcome remains poorly […]

Tales from the field: Helping to improve management effectiveness in Indian coastal and marine protected areas
Wandoor, Andamans

I was recently invited by the Wildlife Institute of India (with funding from GIZ India) to visit the Andaman Islands, a 2.5 hour flight east from Chennai.  The trip was primarily to workshop a draft approach that I had developed to assist the Indians to better assess the management effectiveness of their MPAs.  Together with […]

The Conservation Planning Group at ESA 2016
The Conservation Planning Group at ESA 2016

The Ecology Society of Australia 2016 conference is happening now in Fremantle, Western Australia. A few of the Conservation Planning Group are in attendance, so come learn about what we’re working on, and say hi! Tuesday 29th Nov, 15:00, Rottnest Room Rebecca Weeks – Expansion of marine reserve networks via social diffusion benefits ecological connectivity […]

NEW PAPER: Sympathy for the devil: Detailing the effects of planning-unit size, thematic resolution of reef classes, and socioeconomic costs on spatial priorities for marine conservation
NEW PAPER: Sympathy for the devil: Detailing the effects of planning-unit size, thematic resolution of reef classes, and socioeconomic costs on spatial priorities for marine conservation

Jessica and colleagues from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, and the French Research Institute for Development recently published a paper in PLoS ONE. The study looked at different factors related to data resolution and spatial heterogeneity involved in the process of prioritising areas for marine conservation, and how […]

Conversation Piece – The Coral Sea: an ocean jewel that needs more protection
Conversation Piece – The Coral Sea: an ocean jewel that needs more protection

Bob Pressey, James Cook University; Alana Grech, Macquarie University, and Trevor J Ward, University of Technology Sydney The federal government is considering changes to Australia’s marine reserves to implement a national system. This week The Conversation is looking at the science behind marine reserves and how to protect our oceans. Off Australia’s northeastern coastline, extending […]

Mapping collaboration networks in the Philippines
The network emerging...

Last week I was in the Philippines, trying to understand what motivates collaboration between local governments on coastal resource management. The Philippines is recognised as leading the way in “scaling up” from locally managed marine protected areas (MPAs) to MPA networks. Responsibility for managing coastal resources (and designating MPAs) is devolved to local municipalities, many of […]

Seminar – Ed Scare: Making an impact in marine conservation
Edmond Sacre

Next Tuesday, Ed Sacre will be presenting his PhD confirmation seminar: Making an impact in marine conservation: shifting the focus towards threat mitigation and avoiding residual conservation Abstract: To have the greatest impact in marine conservation we must minimise threats to marine biodiversity. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are one of the mostly widely used tools to […]

Tales from the field: Investigating stakeholder perceptions of resource decline: a case study from the Danajon Bank, Philippines
Tales from the field:  Investigating stakeholder perceptions of resource decline: a case study from the Danajon Bank, Philippines

I recently visited the Danajon Bank Double Barrier Reef in the Philippines to investigate what stakeholder groups with interests in fisheries perceive to be the main drivers of fish decline and which conservation strategies are present to mitigate these main drivers. I conducted this research because fish populations are declining in the Danajon Bank and […]

Queensland’s native vegetation remains threatened with decline following vote in Parliament
Queensland’s native vegetation remains threatened with decline following vote in Parliament

Queensland’s Vegetation Management Act, 1999 was constituted to address growing concerns over the effects of broad-scale clearing of native vegetation, but also to encourage the ecologically sustainable use of land and maintain regional biodiversity. The Act largely dictates the aegis under which land clearing can occur by regulating clearing of vegetation communities (mapped as “regional […]

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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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