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Tales from the field
Tales from the field: Helping to improve management effectiveness in Indian coastal and marine protected areas
Wandoor, Andamans

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 […]

Mapping collaboration networks in the Philippines
The network emerging...

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 […]

Tales from the field: Investigating stakeholder perceptions of resource decline: a case study from the Danajon Bank, Philippines
Tales from the field:  Investigating stakeholder perceptions of resource decline: a case study from the Danajon Bank, 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 […]

OIST workshop on Ecological and Socio-economic Impacts of Marine and Terrestrial Conservation Policy
OIST workshop on Ecological and Socio-economic Impacts of Marine and Terrestrial Conservation Policy

Last week I was fortunate to visit the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology as an invited speaker for a workshop on Ecological and Socio-economic Impacts of Marine and Terrestrial Conservation Policy. I was, at first, a little skeptical of the OIST workshop format – a series of hour long seminars, with no intended “output” […]

Bali workshop on social-ecological monitoring and evaluation
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 […]

Workshop to plan for threatened species across Northern Australia
The Burrowing Bettong used to be common animals in the dry parts of Australia but now they have mostly disappeared. Photo: Arid Recovery

In Darwin from 17th to 19th of November, Bob Pressey, Stephanie Trotter, Jorge Álvarez-Romero and Jeremy Vanderwal led a workshop on threatened species in northern Australia. The workshop was funded by the Northern Australia NESP (National Environmental Science Program) Hub, with the main aim of designing a multi-year project to develop new data and more accurately identify […]

Big Sur workshop on periodically harvested closures
Exploring nearby Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

For the last few years now I have been working with a fantastic group of colleagues on research into the effectiveness of periodically harvested fisheries closures. Widely implemented by local communities across Melanesia, periodically harvested closures (PHCs) are fisheries closures that have opening regimes that can range from mostly closed to mostly open. PHCs evolved […]

Can Pacific Islanders bank on a secure fisheries future?
Can Pacific Islanders bank on a secure fisheries future?

I’m currently in Albany with a “team of international experts” (and a chef!) from UWA, WCS-Fiji, CalPoly, DPaW, CNRS, and Fervor, working on a meta-analysis of Periodically Harvested Closures. See the media release from UWA, below, for more on what we’re getting up to! Traditional conservation measures, such as local ‘Tabus’ – areas periodically closed […]

Protected area network planning in Pohnpei
Protected area network planning in Pohnpei

Last week I was in Pohnpei, Micronesia, to help the wonderful folks at The Nature Conservancy and the Conservation Society of Pohnpei to facilitate a state-wide protected area network planning workshop (Pohnpei is one of four states in the Federated States of Micronesia). Previous conservation planning initiatives have produced impressive results on paper, but have […]

Impressions from Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica
Impressions from Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica

PhD student Adrian Arias sends news from Costa Rica, and asks the tough question: Are developing countries fit to effectively manage protected areas? I am currently doing fieldwork in Costa Rica, my country, for my PhD studies on fishers’ compliance with marine protected areas (MPAs). This is a short and quick write-up of my impressions […]

Strengthening collaboration with land managers in northern Australia
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 […]

Pilbara Islands Visit and Workshop [part 2]
Pilbara Islands Visit and Workshop [part 2]

This is the second in a two part report from the Pilbara Islands, where we have a project underway to develop decision support systems for prioritising and implementing management actions for biosecurity. The only disturbance to the peace and quiet during the walk along the shore was the infrequent buzz of a large model aircraft […]

Pilbara Islands Visit and Workshop [part 1]
Pilbara Islands Visit and Workshop [part 1]

This is the first in a two part report from the Pilbara Islands, where we have a project underway to develop decision support systems for prioritising and implementing management actions for biosecurity. The airplanes got steadily smaller as we approached our destination, always a good sign that you’re on the way to somewhere interesting. Our […]

News from the field: Turtles in Brazil
News from the field: Turtles in Brazil

Mariana Fuentes has started a new project in collaboration with Fundação Pró-Tamar to explore the spatio-temporal variability of hawksbill and loggerhead turtle hatchling sex ratio in Brazil. Marine turtles have temperature-dependent sex determination, where their sex ratio is determined by the nest temperature. Projected increases in temperature may skew sea turtle population′s sex ratios towards […]

About Us
We are a multidisciplinary group of researchers at James Cook University, interested in all aspects of conservation planning and led by Prof. Bob Pressey. We are based at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, the College of Marine & Environmental Sciences, the College of Business, Law & Governance, and the Cairns Institute. We collaborate widely with conservation biologists and practitioners worldwide. 

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