New paper: Factors influencing incidental representation of previously unknown conservation features in marine protected areas

Alana, Bob and Tom Bridge from the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies recently published an article in Conservation Biology examining how to plan for protection of unknown habitats and species in marine protected areas. Using the Great Barrier Reef as a case study, they show that biodiversity can be ‘incidentally’ represented in no-take … Continue reading New paper: Factors influencing incidental representation of previously unknown conservation features in marine protected areas

The Northern Australia Environmental Research Portal is now live

The Northern Australia Environmental Resources Portal brings together this collection of environmental knowledge to help us manage the opportunities and expectations for land and water resources of the north. Research from the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge (TRaCK) consortium and the Northern Australia Hub has led to a dramatic increase in the knowledge and evidence … Continue reading The Northern Australia Environmental Research Portal is now live

Can we protect the same areas to conserve terrestrial biodiversity and maintain coastal water quality?

The need to integrate land and marine conservation planning has been pointed out by several studies, yet to date very little emphasis has been placed on examining terrestrial management for achieving marine conservation objectives. Researchers of the Conservation Planning Group published a study that further advances land-sea planning through developing a method that can guide … Continue reading Can we protect the same areas to conserve terrestrial biodiversity and maintain coastal water quality?

Integrated cross-realm planning: a decision-makers’ perspective

A new paper on integrated cross-realm planning, led by Jorge G. Álvarez-Romero and other members of the Conservation Planning Group, is now online in Biological Conservation. We followed a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to examine the foundations, current approaches, and key requirements of cross-realm planning. Over three workshops, our team of authors included people with … Continue reading Integrated cross-realm planning: a decision-makers’ perspective

Studying collaboration networks in the Fitzroy River catchment

An ongoing study by researchers of the Conservation Planning Group can help organisations involved in natural resource management (NRM) in the Fitzroy River catchment to better understand how they collaborate with one another. Funded by the Northern Australia Hub of the National Environmental Research Program (NERP), researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral … Continue reading Studying collaboration networks in the Fitzroy River catchment

The Barrier Reef is not listed as in danger, but the threats remain

UNESCO and IUCN have just released a draft decision for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The decision proposes not to list the GBR “In danger” as many expected.  However, given the many threats that still face the GBR, this article suggests several aspects of the decision that need to be stronger to maintain the World Heritage values. Jon Day from the ARC Centre for Coral … Continue reading The Barrier Reef is not listed as in danger, but the threats remain

ARC Centre of Excellence’s Virginia Chadwick Award

Georgina Gurney recently received a Virginia Chadwick Award for her paper on how marine protected areas (MPAs) affect human wellbeing, which is published in Global Environmental Change. The Virginia Chadwick Awards are awarded each year to five ARC Centre of Excellence graduate students for the most outstanding publications in peer-reviewed international journals. Georgina’s paper examined … Continue reading ARC Centre of Excellence’s Virginia Chadwick Award

Planning across freshwater and terrestrial realms: cobenefits and tradeoffs between conservation actions

Conservation planning has historically been restricted to planning within single realms (marine, terrestrial or freshwater). Our paper reviews progress and gaps in integrated terrestrial-freshwater planning. We propose a conceptual framework for considering cobenefits and tradeoffs between multiple realms and identify challenges and opportunities associated with the application of our framework. Traditionally, prioritization of conservation actions … Continue reading Planning across freshwater and terrestrial realms: cobenefits and tradeoffs between conservation actions