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
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
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?
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
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
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?
Jess Cheok will be presenting her MPhil confirmation seminar: “Developing a theoretical framework to evaluate the current status and progress of co-management in Australia's Marine Protected Areas.” Jess's project aims to amalgamate existing theories on co-management of protected areas into a cohesive theoretical framework (co-management matrix). Formulating this framework is important because existing theories on … Continue reading SEMINAR: Jess Cheok – Co-management in Australia’s Marine Protected Areas
Two new papers from the Conservation Planning group in a recent issue of Conservation Biology: Effects of Errors and Gaps in Spatial Data Sets on Assessment of Conservation Progress Data on the location of existing protected areas and biological features are essential to conservation planning but are always plagued with errors. However, the impact of … Continue reading NEW PAPERS: Effects of errors in spatial data sets, and the role of students in bridging the research-implementation gap