Conversation Piece – The Coral Sea: an ocean jewel that needs more protection

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Bob Pressey, James Cook University; Alana Grech, Macquarie University, and Trevor J Ward, University of Technology Sydney The federal government is considering changes to Australia’s marine reserves to implement a national system. This week The Conversation is looking at the science behind marine … Continue reading Conversation Piece – The Coral Sea: an ocean jewel that needs more protection

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 … Continue reading Does systematic conservation planning make any difference?

15 ways to weaken (or strengthen) a protected-area system

At the meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology (Oceania) in Brisbane, July 2016, Bob Pressey led a symposium on recent weakening of the Australia protected-area system. Examples of weakening include legal changes to boundaries or allowed uses, but there are many other examples, typically under the public's radar, of weakening without legal changes. The … Continue reading 15 ways to weaken (or strengthen) a protected-area system

New paper: Planning for both feature representation and demographic persistence

A new paper in PLoS ONE by Michael Bode and colleagues from James Cook University demonstrates how conservation planning can be done simultaneously for both biodiversity pattern and process. The paper addresses two key challenges to designing marine reserve networks: 1. constructing a method that efficiently incorporates persistence as well as complementary feature representation; and 2. … Continue reading New paper: Planning for both feature representation and demographic persistence

JCU-UFG collaboration (Universidade Federal de Goiás)

In May 2016, Bob Pressey is spending four weeks working at the Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG) in Goiânia, Brazil. Bob is a visiting professor at UFG, and working principally with Rafael Loyola and his research students. In the accompanying photo, Rafael is the cool-looking dude at the back, toward the left, checked shirt, not tucked … Continue reading JCU-UFG collaboration (Universidade Federal de Goiás)

Packed house for demonstration of new decision-support software

Members of the conservation planning group gave a successful demonstration of their new decision-support software in Perth on 16 March 2016. The software has been developed by Jana Brotánková, with Justin Osbaldiston working on the graphical user interface. Funding for the five-year project, focused on identifying priorities for management actions on about 600 islands off … Continue reading Packed house for demonstration of new decision-support software

Land clearing in Queensland: Back to the good old days?

A new article in web-based forum The Conversation this morning covers accelerated land-clearing in Queensland. After regulations were put in place in the 1990s to slow the loss of native vegetation and identify regional ecosystems of conservation concern, clearing laws were relaxed under the conservative Newman government which came to power in 2012. The Labor … Continue reading Land clearing in Queensland: Back to the good old days?

Workshop to plan for threatened species across Northern Australia

In Darwin from 17th to 19th of November, Bob Pressey, Stephanie Trotter, Jorge Álvarez-Romero and Jeremy Vanderwal led a workshop on threatened species in northern Australia. The workshop was funded by the Northern Australia NESP (National Environmental Science Program) Hub, with the main aim of designing a multi-year project to develop new data and more accurately identify … Continue reading Workshop to plan for threatened species across Northern Australia