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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 […]

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 […]

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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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