From 18-21 February 2016, six members of the Conservation Planning Group organized a writing workshop on Magnetic Island. The main aim of the workshop was to produce a journal paper describing the first stage of a global database on planning studies. The explosive growth of systematic conservation planning in the last decade has made it increasingly difficult for scientists and practitioners to keep track of studies. Resulting problems include duplication of work, failure to take advantage of previous exercises, and difficulties in understanding best-practice. The prototype database, now complete, covers all peer-reviewed papers (160) in marine conservation planning and, where available, their supporting project reports. The database contains about 55 fields, covering key aspects of each study, and will allow users to browse and search studies, map their locations, identify relationships between studies and fields within studies, and extract statistics and trends. The medium-term strategy is to extend the prototype to a fully comprehensive, progressively updated, open-access database on all studies in systematic conservation planning, including reports outside the peer-reviewed literature.
Published by Jorge G. Álvarez-Romero
My research explores theoretical and methodological aspects of decision-making problems associated with an integrated land-sea planning approach. For example, cost-effective mitigation of cross-system threats (e.g. land-based pollution affecting marine and freshwater ecosystems), identifying co-benefits and trade-offs associated with different land/water uses and management decisions (e.g. spatial congruence between local and downstream land values), and improving collaboration among stakeholders with diverse (and sometimes conflicting) objectives along the land-to-sea continuum. My current research includes participatory scenario planning to inform integrated catchment management, studying collaboration networks supporting planning for land-water use and management, and designing marine reserve networks considering ecological connectivity and the effects of global warming. View all posts by Jorge G. Álvarez-Romero