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Combating illegal fishing in offshore marine reserves
Combating illegal fishing in offshore marine reserves

Conservation scientists say there needs to be a new approach to protecting offshore marine reserves. Illegal fishing in marine reserves will be a major focus at the IUCN World Parks Congress, which has opened in Sydney. Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University, who are […]

CONVERSATION PIECE: We have more parks than ever, so why is wildlife still vanishing?
CONVERSATION PIECE: We have more parks than ever, so why is wildlife still vanishing?

Protecting the leftovers. Failing to stop the losses. Aiming for the wrong targets. Just in time for the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Bob Pressey has a piece in The Conversation asking, if we have more parks than ever, why is wildlife still vanishing? So why are protected areas making so little difference? This is […]

CONVERSATION PIECE: The plan to save the Great Barrier Reef is destined to fail unless …
CONVERSATION PIECE: The plan to save the Great Barrier Reef is destined to fail unless …

With the Great Barrier Reef in decline, and development pressures mounting in and around the Reef, national and international spotlights have been turned on government policies. One response by the Australian and Queensland Governments is their draft Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan. The Conservation Planning Group, through Bob Pressey, contributed to a submission on the […]

NATURE comments: A to-do list for the world’s parks and a call for inclusive conservation
NATURE comments: A to-do list for the world’s parks and a call for inclusive conservation

With the World Parks Congress kicking off in Sydney next week, it’s not surprising that this week’s issue of Nature features a lot of content on conservation and protected areas, which includes contributions from the conservation planning group. First up, Bob Pressey leads a group of experts sharing their priorities for what must be done […]

SEMINAR: Judi Lowe – Dive tourism and its impact on integrated coastal management and livelihoods for artisanal fishers.
SEMINAR: Judi Lowe – Dive tourism and its impact on integrated coastal management and livelihoods for artisanal fishers.

Abstract: Dive tourism is cited for its capacity to contribute to integrated coastal management (ICM) and livelihoods for artisanal fishers. Many assume that livelihoods from dive tourism will give an incentive to fishers to reduce overfishing. The spectrum of positive and negative impacts of dive tourism on ICM is poorly understood. Impacts will be identified […]

SEMINAR: April Reside – Conservation planning for climate change adaptation
SEMINAR: April Reside – Conservation planning for climate change adaptation

Abstract: Biodiversity conservation in the face of climate change requires managing current areas of high value, and areas of future value such as those needed for species to track suitable habitat. For maximum benefit, carbon storage and sequestration should be included without jeopardising biodiversity priorities. Priority areas for both biodiversity and carbon can then be […]

SEMINAR: Assessing cumulative impacts of coastal development using spatial scenarios and Bayesian networks: a case study on the Great Barrier Reef
SEMINAR: Assessing cumulative impacts of coastal development using spatial scenarios and Bayesian networks: a case study on the Great Barrier Reef

The Conservation Planning for a Changing Coastal Zone project team, Owen, Ben and Amélie, are making good progress towards finalising the prototype scenario-Bayesian networks method as a decision support tool for GBR managers. Owen, from Bayesian Intelligence, was contracted to complete the BN and apply them spatially. He will be presenting the overall project with […]

MEDIA: Great Barrier Reef dredging could damage fish populations
MEDIA: Great Barrier Reef dredging could damage fish populations

Given current discussion surrounding dredging on the Great Barrier Reef, Amelia’s research on the effects of sediment on larval fish has been getting lots of media attention. You can read the media release here, or the original research paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

RELEVANT SEMINAR: Dr. Christopher Raymond – Engaging local communities in conservation planning in an era of rapid environmental change
RELEVANT SEMINAR: Dr. Christopher Raymond – Engaging local communities in conservation planning in an era of rapid environmental change

Title (interview seminar): Engaging local communities in conservation planning in an era of rapid environmental change Presented by: Dr. Christopher Raymond, Research Fellow, Geography and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia. Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark When: Wednesday, 22nd of October 2014; 14:30 to 15:30 hrs. Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research […]

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