Putting a dollar value on impact: is effective conservation expensive?

It is an unfortunate reality that conservation efforts are restricted by funding, which is typically provided by national or state governments, or by private donors. As such, a growing literature has focused on how to maximise return-on-investment (ROI) in conservation. The vast majority of this literature has hitherto been concerned primarily with identifying locations with … Continue reading Putting a dollar value on impact: is effective conservation expensive?

New paper: How much do we know about the conservation impact of the Great Barrier Reef rezoning?

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was rezoned in 2004, greatly increasing the extent of no-take or green zones to about one third of the Park's area. But what do we know about the biological benefits of this major change in allowed activities, particularly fishing? Our new study, led by Kerrie Fraser and published in … Continue reading New paper: How much do we know about the conservation impact of the Great Barrier Reef rezoning?

Coral reef conservation in the Anthropocene: Confronting spatial mismatches and prioritizing functions

In a new paper, online now in Biological Conservation, Conservation Planning Group researchers and colleagues address the critical challenge of coral reef conservation in the Anthropocene. The world's coral reefs are rapidly transforming, with decreasing coral cover and new species configurations. These new Anthropocene reefs pose new challenges for conservation: we can no longer rely … Continue reading Coral reef conservation in the Anthropocene: Confronting spatial mismatches and prioritizing functions

Fisheries outcomes maximized through traditional practice

Our new study, published today in Journal of Applied Ecology, demonstrates that the challenge of keeping fish in the sea while putting fish on the plate might be best achieved through periodically harvested fisheries closures. Periodically harvested closures (PHCs) are a widespread, centuries‐old form of fisheries management that protects fish between pulse harvests and can … Continue reading Fisheries outcomes maximized through traditional practice

New paper: Opportunities and challenges for Shark Large Marine Protected Areas

A new paper led by Me'ira Mizrahi in JCU's Livelihoods Lab involved members of the Conservation Planning Group. Me'ira's paper reports on a global analysis that used national-level socio-economic data to identify where Shark Large MPAs are more likely to be successful in providing conservation benefits to sharks. The study produced multivariate indices to reflect … Continue reading New paper: Opportunities and challenges for Shark Large Marine Protected Areas

New paper: The residual nature of reserves in Brazil

Raísa Vieira, a visitor to, and collaborator with, the Conservation Planning Group, has recently published some important findings on Brazilian protected areas. Her national terrestrial analysis showed that Brazil's rather high percentage of overall reservation (18%) is skewed strongly toward the Amazon biome. In the nation's other biomes, not only do reserves cover much smaller … Continue reading New paper: The residual nature of reserves in Brazil

Should conservation be focused on highly threatened frontier areas, or pristine wilderness areas?

Despite the efforts of conservation scientists worldwide, much conservation today is based on belief systems, rather than empirical evidence of the impact of alternative conservation strategies (but see Wiik et al. 2019 for exciting new research using randomised control trials). Two of the most widespread belief systems in conservation are the contrasting beliefs that we … Continue reading Should conservation be focused on highly threatened frontier areas, or pristine wilderness areas?

Webinar – Learning from others: The new global conservation planning database

Presenter: Jorge Álvarez-Romero, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University UPDATED Date/Time: Wednesday, February 27, 3 pm in Eastern Time (US and Canada) Description: Creating a new marine conservation or management plan? Learn what others have done in the past – build on their research and experiences and how they addressed challenges – using … Continue reading Webinar – Learning from others: The new global conservation planning database

Strategies in scheduling marine protected area establishment in a network system

Instantaneous implementation of systematic conservation plans at regional scales is rare. More typically, planned actions are applied incrementally over periods of years or decades. This is certainly true in the central Philippines, where a network of 33 MPAs was gradually established between 1974 and 2008.  In recent years there has been a rapidly growing literature on … Continue reading Strategies in scheduling marine protected area establishment in a network system