The Society for Conservation Biology Oceania is hosting its 5th Oceania Congress for Conservation Biology in Wellington, New Zealand. The conference, which takes place from July 3-5 2018, is an opportunity for scientists, managers, students, and other conservation professionals to meet, discuss, and share new findings and opportunities to address conservation challenges. Four members of … Continue reading The Conservation Planning Group is heading to New Zealand!
In the past, much of conservation planning has prioritised areas with high biodiversity value. However, the work of the conservation planning group and others is demonstrating that prioritising areas with high biodiversity value may not have the highest conservation impact. This is because many high biodiversity areas are under minimal threat from activities that are … Continue reading Conservation planning to maximise impact in small-scale coral reef fisheries
Originally posted by By Kelera Serelini–Varawa on the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape blog. For many Fijians, coastal fisheries provide an important source of food and income. Unfortunately, pressure on these precious resources is increasing. Many finfish and invertebrate fisheries are over-exploited, and coastal habitats are becoming degraded by poor land-use practices or destructive fishing methods. Adding to … Continue reading Improved fisheries training curriculum to assist communities to manage their fisheries sustainably
Two weeks ago I was in Kokopo, in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea with a dedicated team from The Nature Conservancy, CSIRO and the University of Queensland. I was there to help facilitate one of their workshops on delivering tools that can help local-level governments (LLGs) work towards creating their land- and sea-use plans, ultimately informing their own sustainable … Continue reading Tools workshop on responsible sustainable development in East New Britain
In the far southern coast of Myanmar (formally Burma) lies a group of around 800 tropical islands, collectively called the Myeik Archipelago. This is an area of ecological and social significance to Myanmar, and a proposed marine protected area (MPA) site. I was lucky enough to visit the archipelago last week with my supervisor Dr. Amy … Continue reading Research reconnaissance in the Myeik Archipelago, Myanmar
I was recently invited by the Wildlife Institute of India (with funding from GIZ India) to visit the Andaman Islands, a 2.5 hour flight east from Chennai. The trip was primarily to workshop a draft approach that I had developed to assist the Indians to better assess the management effectiveness of their MPAs. Together with … Continue reading Helping to improve management effectiveness in Indian coastal and marine protected areas
Last week I was in the Philippines, trying to understand what motivates collaboration between local governments on coastal resource management. The Philippines is recognised as leading the way in “scaling up” from locally managed marine protected areas (MPAs) to MPA networks. Responsibility for managing coastal resources (and designating MPAs) is devolved to local municipalities, many of … Continue reading Mapping collaboration networks in the Philippines
I recently visited the Danajon Bank Double Barrier Reef in the Philippines to investigate what stakeholder groups with interests in fisheries perceive to be the main drivers of fish decline and which conservation strategies are present to mitigate these main drivers. I conducted this research because fish populations are declining in the Danajon Bank and … Continue reading Investigating stakeholder perceptions of resource decline: a case study from the Danajon Bank, Philippines
Principal Investigator: Jeremy Horowitz Supervisors: Professor Bob Pressey, Dr. Georgina Gurney, Dr. Amelia Wenger Danajon Bank is the only double barrier reef in the Philippines, and one of six in the world. It has significant conservation values and faces diverse threats from human activities, both in the marine environment and in nearby catchments that flow … Continue reading Going into the field to determine how perceived drivers of fish populations vary between different stakeholder groups.