Bali workshop on social-ecological monitoring and evaluation

Georgina recently participated in a workshop on social-ecological monitoring and evaluation hosted by the Indonesian branch of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The workshop was held in a beautiful villa in Bali; work-travel can have its benefits! Georgina is working with WCS, primarily Emily Darling who is leading the project, to develop a global social-ecological monitoring … Continue reading Bali workshop on social-ecological monitoring and evaluation

New paper: Integrated conservation and development: Evaluating a community-based marine protected area project for equality of socioeconomic impacts

Georgina, Bob and others recently published a paper examining the equality of socioeconomic impacts of a marine protected area project in Indonesia. The paper was published in a special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B - "Measuring the difference made by protected areas: methods, applications and implications for policy and practice”. The … Continue reading New paper: Integrated conservation and development: Evaluating a community-based marine protected area project for equality of socioeconomic impacts

NEW PAPER: Efficient and equitable design of marine protected areas in Fiji through inclusion of stakeholder-specific objectives in conservation planning

A new paper on integrating socioeconomic considerations into spatial prioritization, led by Georgina Gurney and other members of the Conservation Planning Group, is now online in Conservation Biology . In this study we evaluated two key aspects of incorporating socioeconomic factors into spatial prioritization: treatment of socioeconomic factors as costs or objectives and treatment of … Continue reading NEW PAPER: Efficient and equitable design of marine protected areas in Fiji through inclusion of stakeholder-specific objectives in conservation planning

Modelling catchment nutrients and sediment loads to inform regional management of water quality in coastal-marine ecosystems

Researchers from the conservation planning group studied how using different catchment models can influence priority areas for catchment management to improve water quality in coastal-marine ecosystems. They assessed their application in selected catchments of the Gulf of California, where managing land-based threats to marine ecosystems is a priority. They found that patterns of pollutant supply … Continue reading Modelling catchment nutrients and sediment loads to inform regional management of water quality in coastal-marine ecosystems

Conservation and development plan for the Daly catchment, Northern Territory

Researchers from the Catchment to Coast planning team are designing a regional conservation and development plan for the Daly catchment in the Northern Territory. The plan aims to define which areas are most important to people, what they like to do there and how important the catchment is to people’s livelihoods. As part of the … Continue reading Conservation and development plan for the Daly catchment, Northern Territory

Do you influence natural resource management in Northern Australia?

Researchers from the conservation planning group are studying how organisations involved in natural resource management (NRM) collaborate with one another. People participating in the study will benefit from a better understanding of the networks available to them, and how to better access or share information and other resources to improve NRM. The results will also … Continue reading Do you influence natural resource management in Northern Australia?

NEW PAPER: Poverty and protected areas: An evaluation of a marine integrated conservation and development project in Indonesia

Georgina Gurney, Natalie Ban and Bob Pressey recently published a paper titled “Poverty and protected areas: An evaluation of a marine integrated conservation and development project in Indonesia” in Global Environmental Change. In this paper we assess the impacts of MPAs (that were specifically designed to achieve the dual goals of conservation and poverty alleviation) … Continue reading NEW PAPER: Poverty and protected areas: An evaluation of a marine integrated conservation and development project in Indonesia

Strengthening collaboration with land managers in northern Australia

Funded by the northern Australia Hub of the National Environmental Research Program, researchers of the Conservation Planning Group are developing a planning framework to help catchment managers make better decisions about natural resource investments. The team (including Jorge Álvarez-Romero, Vanessa Adams and Bob Pressey) has actively engaged with researchers and managers across northern Australia, including … Continue reading Strengthening collaboration with land managers in northern Australia

NEW PAPER: Modelling coral reef futures to inform management: can reducing local-scale stressors conserve reefs under climate change?

Decisions about when, where and how environmental management actions should be implemented are based on what we think will happen in the future; for example, how natural and human systems will respond to management actions. In a paper recently published in PloS ONE, we develop a simulation model of coral reefs to provide decision support … Continue reading NEW PAPER: Modelling coral reef futures to inform management: can reducing local-scale stressors conserve reefs under climate change?