Research priorities for conservation and natural resource management in Oceania’s small-island developing states

For conservation science to effectively inform conservation action, research must focus on creating the scientific knowledge required to solve conservation problems, and researchers must effectively communicate that knowledge to practitioners. In the last decade or so, numerous exercises have been conducted to identify priority research questions or horizon scan for important upcoming research themes (for example: for conservation … Continue reading Research priorities for conservation and natural resource management in Oceania’s small-island developing states

New paper: Redefining community based on place attachment in a connected world

Who cares about the Great Barrier Reef? Many people, and according to a paper published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, some of the most passionately connected  individuals can come from far away places, across the globe. Effective environmental policy requires public participation in management, typically achieved through engaging community … Continue reading New paper: Redefining community based on place attachment in a connected world

The Conservation Planning Group at Resilience 2017

At the end of this week, members of The Conservation Planning Group will be travelling to Stockholm for the Resilience 2017 conference Resilience Frontiers for Global Sustainability. The conference programme is available to download here. For those attending, if you want to catch our presentations: Georgina Gurney - "Multiple communities, one Reef: redefining community based on place … Continue reading The Conservation Planning Group at Resilience 2017

Incorporating seascape connectivity in conservation prioritisation

In conservation prioritisation, it is often implicit that representation targets for individual habitat types act as surrogates for the species that inhabit them. Yet for many commercially and ecologically important coral reef fish species, connectivity among different habitats in a seascape may be more important than any single habitat alone. Approaches to conservation prioritisation that … Continue reading Incorporating seascape connectivity in conservation prioritisation

New paper: just how effective are science, policy, and management for protected areas?

The Conservation Planning Group has a new paper published, titled "From displacement activities to evidence-informed decisions in conservation". The paper, authored by Bob Pressey, Rebecca Weeks, and Georgina Gurney, argues that much activity in conservation is focused on measures that fail to tell us how much difference we are making for biodiversity. This incorrect focus … Continue reading New paper: just how effective are science, policy, and management for protected areas?

New paper: decision-support frameworks and tools for conservation

A new paper in Conservation Letters reports on discussions from a workshop on conservation planning tools. The workshop, led by Mark Schwartz at the University of California Davis, involved experts in five different approaches to decision-making in conservation. The five approaches are: Strategic Foresight, Systematic Conservation Planning (SCP), Structured Decision Making, Open Standards for the … Continue reading New paper: decision-support frameworks and tools for conservation

New paper: priority conservation areas for reptiles in Argentina, considering climate change and risk of land conversion

Two years ago, Bob Pressey established a long-term collaboration with a research group led by Raphael Loyola at the Federal University of Goiás in Brazil. Rafael's group focuses on biogeography and conservation planning. One of our recent joint projects looked at the distribution and conservation of reptiles in Argentina, involving Raphael's colleague Javier Nori. A … Continue reading New paper: priority conservation areas for reptiles in Argentina, considering climate change and risk of land conversion

Life on the loose: a symposium on invasive species in Australia

Last week the Australian Academy of Science had its annual "Science at the Shine Dome" series of meetings. The final day, on Thursday 25th May, was the Academy's annual symposium, this year titled "Life on the Loose". The day of presentations covered aspects of invasion biology and management responses for Australia's terrestrial, freshwater, and marine … Continue reading Life on the loose: a symposium on invasive species in Australia

New paper: integrated MPA planning for biodiversity, connectivity, and climate change

Since returning to Brazil after his PhD with the Conservation Planning Group, Rafael Magris has continued to publish the research in his thesis. His final thesis chapter is now out in Global Ecology and Conservation. Rafael's PhD focused on spatial planning for Brazilian coral reefs, and on aspects of biodiversity pattern, larval connectivity, and resilience … Continue reading New paper: integrated MPA planning for biodiversity, connectivity, and climate change