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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 […]

NEW PAPER: A decision framework for prioritizing multiple management actions for threatened marine megafauna
NEW PAPER: A decision framework for prioritizing multiple management actions for threatened marine megafauna

Resources for conserving biodiversity are invariably insufficient. This situation creates the need for transparent, systematic frameworks to help stakeholders prioritize the allocation of resources across multiple management actions. Together with other members (Bob Pressey and Piero Visconti) from The Conservation Planning Group, various stakeholders (Cape York Sustainable Futures, Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, […]

New Paper: Incorporating climate change refugia into conservation planning
New Paper: Incorporating climate change refugia into conservation planning

Refugia have been places that species have survived through harsh climate change in the past, so are believed to be important for species survival into the future with the impending, projected changes. In a previous postdoc (funded by NCCARF), I, April, looked at refugia across Australia for terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity.  This work has been […]

SEMINAR: Michele Barnes-Mauthe – Social-Ecological Linkages: an Integrative Systems Approach to Marine and Coastal Governance
SEMINAR: Michele Barnes-Mauthe – Social-Ecological Linkages: an Integrative Systems Approach to Marine and Coastal Governance

The Conservation planning group will be meeting with Michelle over lunch next Wednesday, but first, catch her seminar on an Integrative Systems Approach to Marine and Coastal Governance Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, Townsville When: Monday 2nd February 2015; 12:00 to 1:00 hrs. Abstract: Considering the scale of anthropogenic […]

SAVING THE GREAT BARRIER REEF: WHAT THE NEXT QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT MUST DO
Keppel Islands, photo by Tane Sinclair-Taylor

The election of the next Queensland government will be held on the 31st of January. Both major parties – the incumbent Liberal National Party and Labor as its main competition – are making promises about investment in the future of the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef has been a topic of strong public and political […]

TEACHING: Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management
TEACHING: Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management

Since 2014, Dr. Amy Diedrich coordinates and teaches every year a popular subject on Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management (EV5209) at James Cook University, in collaboration with a few members of The Conservation Planning Group. This subject is designed to build theoretical and applied knowledge in the field of Protected Area Management. Students are introduced to: – […]

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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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