New Paper: The importance of fishing grounds as perceived by local communities can be undervalued by measures of socioeconomic cost used in conservation planning

Marine reserve placement must account for the importance of places for resource use to minimize negative socioeconomic impacts and improve compliance. It is often assumed that placing marine reserves in locations that minimize lost fishing opportunities will reduce impacts on coastal communities, but the influence of the fishing data used on this outcome remains poorly … Continue reading New Paper: The importance of fishing grounds as perceived by local communities can be undervalued by measures of socioeconomic cost used in conservation planning

Congratulate our three new conservation planning doctors!

The Conservation Planning Group is proud to announce the recent graduation of three of its members. Georgina, Rafael and Melanie received their PhD degrees from James Cook University in March 2016. All three were primarily supervised by Prof. Bob Pressey and undertook their research at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Dr. … Continue reading Congratulate our three new conservation planning doctors!

SEMINAR: Protecting the unknown – What data for local coral reef conservation planning?

Next Monday, Mélanie Hamel will present her PhD pre-completion seminar. Title: Protecting the unknown: what data for local coral reef conservation planning? Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, Townsville (map). When: Monday 15th June 2015, 12:00 to 13:00 hrs. Abstract: Systematic conservation planning helps to identify candidate protected areas to represent biodiversity … Continue reading SEMINAR: Protecting the unknown – What data for local coral reef conservation planning?

SEMINAR: Georgina Gurney – Improving the success of conservation planning: integration of socioeconomic considerations into the design and management of marine protected areas

* Update! You can view Georgina's seminar online! Check out the end of this post. This Wednesday, Georgina Gurney will present her PhD pre-completion seminar. Title: Improving the success of conservation planning: integration of socioeconomic considerations into the design and management of marine protected areas Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, … Continue reading SEMINAR: Georgina Gurney – Improving the success of conservation planning: integration of socioeconomic considerations into the design and management of marine protected areas

NEW PAPER: Spatial mismatch between marine protected areas and dugongs in New Caledonia

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are a powerful tool for conserving marine biodiversity when designed using ecological information and conservation goals and targets. Dugongs (Dugong dugon) were not an explicit target in the design of the network of MPAs in the lagoons of New Caledonia, despite being one of the region’s World Heritage values. Christophe Cleguer’s … Continue reading NEW PAPER: Spatial mismatch between marine protected areas and dugongs in New Caledonia

TEACHING: Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management

Since 2014, Dr. Amy Diedrich coordinates and teaches every year a popular subject on Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management (EV5209) at James Cook University, in collaboration with a few members of The Conservation Planning Group. This subject is designed to build theoretical and applied knowledge in the field of Protected Area Management. Students are introduced to: - … Continue reading TEACHING: Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management

New paper: effectiveness of different zones for marine biodiversity conservation

Hard to believe it has been two years since my postdoc at James Cook University finished and I moved back to Canada to continue my research (and start teaching!) at the University of Victoria. Here is a synopsis of one recent paper, which characterizes my revitalized stream of research with indigenous people (here called First … Continue reading New paper: effectiveness of different zones for marine biodiversity conservation

RELEVANT SEMINAR: Dr. Christopher Raymond – Engaging local communities in conservation planning in an era of rapid environmental change

Title (interview seminar): Engaging local communities in conservation planning in an era of rapid environmental change Presented by: Dr. Christopher Raymond, Research Fellow, Geography and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia. Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark When: Wednesday, 22nd of October 2014; 14:30 to 15:30 hrs. Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research … Continue reading RELEVANT SEMINAR: Dr. Christopher Raymond – Engaging local communities in conservation planning in an era of rapid environmental change

SEMINAR: Anderson Sevilha – Systematic conservation planning for the Parana River Basin, Brazil, under climate change.

Anderson Sevilha will be presenting his PhD Pre Completion seminar: "Systematic conservation planning for the Parana River Basin, Brazil, under climate change." Anderson is supervised by Prof. Steve Williams and Prof. Robert Pressey. When: Thursday 25th September, 11am Where: James Cook University, Townsville Campus, Room 030 Building 145 (ATSIP) (Townsville campus map). Videolinked to Cairns Campus … Continue reading SEMINAR: Anderson Sevilha – Systematic conservation planning for the Parana River Basin, Brazil, under climate change.