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NEW OPEN ACCESS PAPER: The importance of fishing grounds as perceived by local communities can be undervalued by measures of socioeconomic cost used in conservation planning
NEW OPEN ACCESS 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 […]

The Conservation Planning Group at ESA 2016
The Conservation Planning Group at ESA 2016

The Ecology Society of Australia 2016 conference is happening now in Fremantle, Western Australia. A few of the Conservation Planning Group are in attendance, so come learn about what we’re working on, and say hi! Tuesday 29th Nov, 15:00, Rottnest Room Rebecca Weeks – Expansion of marine reserve networks via social diffusion benefits ecological connectivity […]

NEW PAPER: Sympathy for the devil: Detailing the effects of planning-unit size, thematic resolution of reef classes, and socioeconomic costs on spatial priorities for marine conservation
NEW PAPER: Sympathy for the devil: Detailing the effects of planning-unit size, thematic resolution of reef classes, and socioeconomic costs on spatial priorities for marine conservation

Jessica and colleagues from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, and the French Research Institute for Development recently published a paper in PLoS ONE. The study looked at different factors related to data resolution and spatial heterogeneity involved in the process of prioritising areas for marine conservation, and how […]

Queensland’s native vegetation remains threatened with decline following vote in Parliament
Queensland’s native vegetation remains threatened with decline following vote in Parliament

Queensland’s Vegetation Management Act, 1999 was constituted to address growing concerns over the effects of broad-scale clearing of native vegetation, but also to encourage the ecologically sustainable use of land and maintain regional biodiversity. The Act largely dictates the aegis under which land clearing can occur by regulating clearing of vegetation communities (mapped as “regional […]

GOVERNANCE ACROSS THE LAND-SEA INTERFACE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
GOVERNANCE ACROSS THE LAND-SEA INTERFACE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

In the context of increasing pressures on the land-sea interface, the role of governance is a potentially important, yet unfortunately an understudied consideration in our pursuit of sustainability. Existing governance can set the course for the fragmented decision-making that currently spawns many inappropriate uses of coastal areas and watersheds (e.g., land-clearing for agriculture without considering […]

DESIGNING MARINE RESERVE NETWORKS WITH STAKEHOLDERS
DESIGNING MARINE RESERVE NETWORKS WITH STAKEHOLDERS

Integrating stakeholder preferences into science-driven approaches to designing marine reserve networks can help to create designs that are scientifically sound, while taking into account local knowledge and preferences. Early engagement and input from stakeholders can facilitate the successful implementation of new marine reserves and maximise compliance. Worldwide, overfishing and climate change threaten marine biodiversity and […]

Marine reserve design infographic in Bahasa Indonesia
Marine reserve design infographic in Bahasa Indonesia

Last week I wrote about our new paper in Journal of Applied Ecology, Using reef fish movement to inform marine reserve design. My co-authors and I really excited to see the approach we demonstrate in the paper applied elsewhere, so I was thrilled to be contacted by Jensi Sartin of Reef Check Foundation Indonesia (and JCU alumnus) who asked […]

New Paper: Using reef fish movement to inform marine reserve design
New Paper: Using reef fish movement to inform marine reserve design

In this post Rebecca Weeks discusses her recent paper ‘Using reef fish movement to inform marine reserve design‘. Reproduced from the Journal of Applied Ecology blog. Photo above: Luiz Rocha The majority of marine protected areas in Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia) are too small to protect the species that people care about most. But when livelihoods depend […]

The Conservation Planning Group at SCBO2016
The Conservation Planning Group at SCBO2016

Several members and of the Conservation Planning Group will be in Brisbane this week for the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Congress. Our scheduled presentations are below. Hope to see you there! Name Presentation Session Day Time Room Jessica Blythe Building Governance Capacity Through Social Networks Social Network Analysis for Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities Wed 6th July 11:40 […]

Does tourism really suffer at sites listed as World Heritage In Danger?
Does tourism really suffer at sites listed as World Heritage In Danger?

A recent article in The Conversation explores the possible impact for tourism on the Great Barrier Reef given the potential for listing of the Reef as World Heritage in Danger. Jon Day (PhD candidate in the ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies) outlines the impacts for tourism at three other famous World Heritage destinations – […]

The Conservation Planning Group at ICRS 2016
The Conservation Planning Group at ICRS 2016

Several members and recent alumni of the Conservation Planning Group will soon be off to Hawaii for the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium. Our scheduled presentations are below. Hope to see you there! Name Presentation Session Day Time Room Bob Pressey PLANNING AND MANAGING MARINE PROTECTED AREAS: FROM BELIEF SYSTEMS TO EVIDENCE 69 Evaluating the […]

Congratulate our three new conservation planning doctors!
Dr. Georgina Gurney (left) and Dr. Melanie Hamel (right) just graduated with their PhD in Conservation Planning from James Cook University.

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. […]

Conversation piece: Great Barrier Reef bleaching stats are bad enough without media misreporting
Conversation piece: Great Barrier Reef bleaching stats are bad enough without media misreporting

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Jon C. Day, PhD candidate, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University The widespread bleaching event occurring across the Great Barrier Reef is unprecedented in scale and severity. It has rightly gained global media attention. Sadly, however, some of […]

New Paper: Systematic conservation planning within a Fijian customary governance context
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The groundwork for the paper was undertaken by lead author Hans Wendt, whilst he was undertaking his Masters degree at the University of the South Pacific. At the time, I was working for WCS Fiji, and provided Hans with guidance on systematic conservation planning. He took this and did some amazing work with communities in his home province […]

Adrian Arias wins inaugural Glenn Almany Memorial Prize
Adrian Arias wins inaugural Glenn Almany Memorial Prize

We are thrilled to announce that Adrian Arias is the inaugural winner of the Glenn Almany Memorial Prize  for his research on management and practice in marine protected areas in Costa Rica: Arias, A, Cinner, JE, Jones, RE and Pressey, RL (2015). Levels and drivers of fishers’ compliance with marine protected areas. Ecology and Society 20(4):19. The Glenn […]

Adventure Dream Jobs: Shark Researcher
Jess Cramp prepares to tag a silvertip shark © Andy Mann

PhD student Jess Cramp is currently featured as having one of Red Bull’s “Adventure Dream Jobs”. you can read about her roundabout route to becoming a marine conservationist, and where her PhD fits into that, on the Red Bull website. Above: Jess Cramp prepares to tag a silvertip shark © Andy Mann  

SCB Oceania are looking for new board members
SCB Oceania are looking for new board members

The Oceania Section of the Society for Conservation Biology are currently seeking nominations for 2 new board members. I’ve been on the board for 2 years (and will be for 1 more) and it’s been great. Serving on the board is a good way to get more involved with the workings of a professional society (looks great on […]

PACKED HOUSE FOR DEMONSTRATION OF NEW DECISION-SUPPORT SOFTWARE
PACKED HOUSE FOR DEMONSTRATION OF NEW DECISION-SUPPORT SOFTWARE

Members of the conservation planning group gave a successful demonstration of their new decision-support software in Perth on 16 March 2016. The software has been developed by Jana Brotánková, with Justin Osbaldiston working on the graphical user interface. Funding for the five-year project, focused on identifying priorities for management actions on about 600 islands off […]

NEW PAPER: Restricted grouper reproductive migrations support community-based management
A Leon fisherman scans the reef for fish - Dyual Island, Papua New Guinea

Small, targeted community-managed reserves can balance conservation and fisheries benefits.Conservation commonly requires trade-offs between social and ecological goals. For tropical small-scale fisheries, social considerations often require community-based management – carried out at very small spatial scales. This is of particular concern for large coral reef fishes, such as many species of grouper, which migrate to aggregations to […]

FORTHCOMING GLOBAL DATABASE ON STUDIES IN SYSTEMATIC CONSERVATION PLANNING
Marine Conservation Planning Workshop 2016

From 18-21 February 2016, six members of the Conservation Planning Group organized a writing workshop on Magnetic Island. The main aim of the workshop was to produce a journal paper describing the first stage of a global database on planning studies. The explosive growth of systematic conservation planning in the last decade has made it […]

LAND CLEARING IN QUEENSLAND: BACK TO THE BAD OLD DAYS?
LAND CLEARING IN QUEENSLAND: BACK TO THE BAD OLD DAYS?

A new article in web-based forum The Conversation this morning covers accelerated land-clearing in Queensland. After regulations were put in place in the 1990s to slow the loss of native vegetation and identify regional ecosystems of conservation concern, clearing laws were relaxed under the conservative Newman government which came to power in 2012. The Labor […]

Are spatially variable costs more of a hindrance to conservation prioritisations at regional, coarse-resolution scales?
Are spatially variable costs more of a hindrance to conservation prioritisations at regional, coarse-resolution scales?

Regional-scale conservation planning considering ecosystems as a whole is important in allowing us to capture emergent system properties, such as complementarity, connectivity, and large-scale ecological processes and threats. Consequently, there has been an increase in the number of regional-scale prioritisation assessments in the conservation planning literature. However, conservation planning cannot stop at regional scales. Planning […]

NEW PAPER: Influence of Governance Context on the Management Performance of Marine Protected Area Networks
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Vera, Bob, and colleagues from James Cook University and University of the Philippines recently published a paper in Coastal Management. This study, which was a chapter of Vera’s PhD, looked at various contextual factors that influence management of marine protected area (MPA) networks in the Philippines. By drawing on interactive governance theory, they evaluated how […]

NEW PAPER: Identification of loggerhead male producing beaches in the south Atlantic: Implications for conservation.
NEW PAPER: Identification of loggerhead male producing beaches in the south Atlantic: Implications for conservation.

Mariana and colleagues from Brazil have recently published an article at the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology that determines the primary sex ratio of loggerhead hatchlings produced in Brazil during the last 25 years. Sea turtles have temperature dependent sex determination, with warmer temperatures producing more females. Therefore concern exists that global warming […]

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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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