New paper: just how effective are science, policy, and management for protected areas?

The Conservation Planning Group has a new paper published, titled "From displacement activities to evidence-informed decisions in conservation". The paper, authored by Bob Pressey, Rebecca Weeks, and Georgina Gurney, argues that much activity in conservation is focused on measures that fail to tell us how much difference we are making for biodiversity. This incorrect focus … Continue reading New paper: just how effective are science, policy, and management for protected areas?

New paper: decision-support frameworks and tools for conservation

A new paper in Conservation Letters reports on discussions from a workshop on conservation planning tools. The workshop, led by Mark Schwartz at the University of California Davis, involved experts in five different approaches to decision-making in conservation. The five approaches are: Strategic Foresight, Systematic Conservation Planning (SCP), Structured Decision Making, Open Standards for the … Continue reading New paper: decision-support frameworks and tools for conservation

New paper: priority conservation areas for reptiles in Argentina, considering climate change and risk of land conversion

Two years ago, Bob Pressey established a long-term collaboration with a research group led by Raphael Loyola at the Federal University of Goiás in Brazil. Rafael's group focuses on biogeography and conservation planning. One of our recent joint projects looked at the distribution and conservation of reptiles in Argentina, involving Raphael's colleague Javier Nori. A … Continue reading New paper: priority conservation areas for reptiles in Argentina, considering climate change and risk of land conversion

Life on the loose: a symposium on invasive species in Australia

Last week the Australian Academy of Science had its annual "Science at the Shine Dome" series of meetings. The final day, on Thursday 25th May, was the Academy's annual symposium, this year titled "Life on the Loose". The day of presentations covered aspects of invasion biology and management responses for Australia's terrestrial, freshwater, and marine … Continue reading Life on the loose: a symposium on invasive species in Australia

New paper: integrated MPA planning for biodiversity, connectivity, and climate change

Since returning to Brazil after his PhD with the Conservation Planning Group, Rafael Magris has continued to publish the research in his thesis. His final thesis chapter is now out in Global Ecology and Conservation. Rafael's PhD focused on spatial planning for Brazilian coral reefs, and on aspects of biodiversity pattern, larval connectivity, and resilience … Continue reading New paper: integrated MPA planning for biodiversity, connectivity, and climate change

New paper: Modelling the dynamics of native and invasive species in response to management actions

Another new paper comes from our five-year project on prioritising management actions on the Pilbara islands, off the north-west coast of Western Australia. We've been collaborating with WA Parks and Wildlife to develop an interactive decision-support tool to allow managers to prioritise their investments in island management. Behind the new software is a study, now … Continue reading New paper: Modelling the dynamics of native and invasive species in response to management actions

New paper: Planning for climate change with natural resource management groups

One of our new papers - Making time for space - comes from a writing workshop at O'Reilly's resort in the Border Ranges of southern Queensland. The workshop was led by Vanessa Adams, now at Macquarie University. Attendees included two members of the Conservation Planning Group - Jorge Álvarez-Romero and Bob Pressey - and Allan … Continue reading New paper: Planning for climate change with natural resource management groups

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?