The Conservation Planning Group Applied conservation research

The Conservation Planning Group

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 setting out to answer these questions, with colleagues Madeleine McKinnon, Bob Pressey, and Rich Grenyer. This month, Emma published a paper in Environmental Evidence, laying out a comprehensive and repeatable search strategy for literature on systematic conservation planning. The result will be a body of literature that Emma will process, looking for evidence that conservation plans influence five kinds of capital: natural, financial, social, human, and institutional. Emma will then publish the results and make available a searchable, online database of studies that have led to some kind of conservation impact.

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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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