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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 […]

New paper – Combatting illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing with information: A case of probable illegal fishing in the Tropical Eastern Pacific
New paper – Combatting illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing with information: A case of probable illegal fishing in the Tropical Eastern Pacific

One of Adrian Arias’ PhD chapters has just been published online. The article describes the lack of coordination between government, an NGO concerned with sustainable fisheries, and a regional fisheries management organisation (RFMO). Information obtained by the NGO indicated illegal fishing in Costa Rican waters, but the government has yet to react. The article states: […]

New paper: Factors influencing incidental representation of previously unknown conservation features in marine protected areas
New paper: Factors influencing incidental representation of previously unknown conservation features in marine protected areas

Alana, Bob and Tom Bridge from the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies recently published an article in Conservation Biology examining how to plan for protection of unknown habitats and species in marine protected areas. Using the Great Barrier Reef as a case study, they show that biodiversity can be ‘incidentally’ represented in no-take […]

The Northern Australia Environmental Research Portal is now live
The Northern Australia Environmental Research Portal is now live

The Northern Australia Environmental Resources Portal brings together this collection of environmental knowledge to help us manage the opportunities and expectations for land and water resources of the north. Research from the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge (TRaCK) consortium and the Northern Australia Hub has led to a dramatic increase in the knowledge and evidence […]

Can we protect the same areas to conserve terrestrial biodiversity and maintain coastal water quality?
Can we protect the same areas to conserve terrestrial biodiversity and maintain coastal water quality?

The need to integrate land and marine conservation planning has been pointed out by several studies, yet to date very little emphasis has been placed on examining terrestrial management for achieving marine conservation objectives. Researchers of the Conservation Planning Group published a study that further advances land-sea planning through developing a method that can guide […]

New paper: Integrated conservation and development: Evaluating a community-based marine protected area project for equality of socioeconomic impacts
New paper: Integrated conservation and development: Evaluating a community-based marine protected area project for equality of socioeconomic impacts

Georgina, Bob and others recently published a paper examining the equality of socioeconomic impacts of a marine protected area project in Indonesia. The paper was published in a special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B – “Measuring the difference made by protected areas: methods, applications and implications for policy and practice”. The […]

NEW PAPER: Coal, Cumulative Impacts and the Great Barrier Reef
NEW PAPER: Coal, Cumulative Impacts and the Great Barrier Reef

Alana, Bob and Jon recently published a manuscript in Conservation Letters that exposes the links between the Great Barrier Reef, climate change, energy production and the Australian coal mining industry. They propose new policies and processes that enable the consideration of the cumulative effect of coal mining by environmental decision makers. The manuscript is open access; feel […]

Planning for biodiversity – and carbon, water, biosecurity, agriculture, traditional owner priorities … in the Wet Tropics
Planning for biodiversity – and carbon, water, biosecurity, agriculture, traditional owner priorities … in the Wet Tropics

Terrain, the Natural Resource Management (NRM) group looking after the Wet Tropics region in Far North Queensland, launched their Wet Tropics NRM Plan this Friday, 20th November 2015. Australia has 54 NRM regions, which are defined by catchments and bioregions. These regions are grouped into 8 NRM clusters, areas that have some commonality of climate, […]

New Paper: Levels and drivers of fishers’ compliance with marine protected areas
Artisanal fishermen returning home

Check out the latest paper from the Conservation Planning Group and the Cinner Research Group on the Human Dimensions of Coral Reefs. If fished illegally, marine protected areas (MPAs) are unlikely reach their conservation objectives. Fishers’ compliance is necessary for effective MPAs. In this paper we answer critical questions for understanding and managing compliance. The […]

Two new papers on Brazilian coral reefs
Two new papers on Brazilian coral reefs

Two new papers, from Rafael’s PhD thesis, were published this year and are now online at Ecography and PLoS ONE. The first is a new attempt to incorporate multi species connectivity into conservation planning for coral reefs. By using a combination of remote sensing techniques and biophysical modelling tools, the paper aims to provide an […]

How much difference do protected areas make?
How much difference do protected areas make?

If you think you know the answer to this question, you might want to check out a new theme issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B – “Measuring the difference made by protected areas: methods, applications and implications for policy and practice”. The theme issue, with 16 papers (5 open access) can be […]

Australian Government Plans to reduce Environmental Protection to Instead Protect Coal Mines
Australian Government Plans to reduce Environmental Protection to Instead Protect Coal Mines

It’s difficult to concentrate on my research into priorities for species conservation under climate change when weakening of Australia’s environmental protection laws are being proposed. The Australian government has put forward proposed changes to the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999 that prevent environment groups from challenging development projects that breach the Act. […]

Integrated cross-realm planning: a decision-makers’ perspective
Draft cross-realm planning framework

A new paper on integrated cross-realm planning, led by Jorge G. Álvarez-Romero and other members of the Conservation Planning Group, is now online in Biological Conservation. We followed a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to examine the foundations, current approaches, and key requirements of cross-realm planning. Over three workshops, our team of authors included people with […]

Studying collaboration networks in the Fitzroy River catchment
Studying collaboration networks in the Fitzroy River catchment

An ongoing study by researchers of the Conservation Planning Group can help organisations involved in natural resource management (NRM) in the Fitzroy River catchment to better understand how they collaborate with one another. Funded by the Northern Australia Hub of the National Environmental Research Program (NERP), researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral […]

The Barrier Reef is not listed as in danger, but the threats remain
Lady Elliot Island, Underwater Earth Catlin Seaview Survey

UNESCO and IUCN have just released a draft decision for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The decision proposes not to list the GBR “In danger” as many expected.  However, given the many threats that still face the GBR, this article suggests several aspects of the decision that need to be stronger to maintain the World Heritage values. Jon Day from the ARC Centre for Coral […]

Help identify research priorities for Oceania
Help identify research priorities for Oceania

As conservation scientists, most of us hope to conduct research that will be useful to practitioners, and will ultimately “make a difference”. However, it remains unclear whether the areas towards which we are investing our research efforts will actually produce the information that conservation practitioners and natural resource managers need. Understanding the information that decision-makers […]

NEW PAPER: Efficient and equitable design of marine protected areas in Fiji through inclusion of stakeholder-specific objectives in conservation planning
NEW PAPER: Efficient and equitable design of marine protected areas in Fiji through inclusion of stakeholder-specific objectives in conservation planning

A new paper on integrating socioeconomic considerations into spatial prioritization, led by Georgina Gurney and other members of the Conservation Planning Group, is now online in Conservation Biology . In this study we evaluated two key aspects of incorporating socioeconomic factors into spatial prioritization: treatment of socioeconomic factors as costs or objectives and treatment of […]

ARC Centre of Excellence’s Virginia Chadwick Award
Fisherman, Indonesia, Georgina Gurney

Georgina Gurney recently received a Virginia Chadwick Award for her paper on how marine protected areas (MPAs) affect human wellbeing, which is published in Global Environmental Change. The Virginia Chadwick Awards are awarded each year to five ARC Centre of Excellence graduate students for the most outstanding publications in peer-reviewed international journals. Georgina’s paper examined […]

NEW PAPER: Spatial mismatch between marine protected areas and dugongs in New Caledonia
NEW PAPER: Spatial mismatch between marine protected areas and dugongs in New Caledonia

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are a powerful tool for conserving marine biodiversity when designed using ecological information and conservation goals and targets. Dugongs (Dugong dugon) were not an explicit target in the design of the network of MPAs in the lagoons of New Caledonia, despite being one of the region’s World Heritage values. Christophe Cleguer’s […]

NEW PAPER: Understanding and managing compliance in the nature conservation Context
NEW PAPER: Understanding and managing compliance in the nature conservation Context

Conservation is essentially about managing people. Conservation becomes ineffective when people break the rules intended to conserve nature. Unfortunately, noncompliance is pervasive. Between 20 and 50% of the timber sold worldwide is of illegal origin. Illegally caught fish accounts for nearly 20% of the world’s reported catch. More than half of park ranger deaths are […]

NEW PAPER: A decision framework for prioritizing multiple management actions for threatened marine megafauna
NEW PAPER: A decision framework for prioritizing multiple management actions for threatened marine megafauna

Resources for conserving biodiversity are invariably insufficient. This situation creates the need for transparent, systematic frameworks to help stakeholders prioritize the allocation of resources across multiple management actions. Together with other members (Bob Pressey and Piero Visconti) from The Conservation Planning Group, various stakeholders (Cape York Sustainable Futures, Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, […]

New Paper: Incorporating climate change refugia into conservation planning
New Paper: Incorporating climate change refugia into conservation planning

Refugia have been places that species have survived through harsh climate change in the past, so are believed to be important for species survival into the future with the impending, projected changes. In a previous postdoc (funded by NCCARF), I, April, looked at refugia across Australia for terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity.  This work has been […]

SAVING THE GREAT BARRIER REEF: WHAT THE NEXT QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT MUST DO
Keppel Islands, photo by Tane Sinclair-Taylor

The election of the next Queensland government will be held on the 31st of January. Both major parties – the incumbent Liberal National Party and Labor as its main competition – are making promises about investment in the future of the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef has been a topic of strong public and political […]

TEACHING: Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management
TEACHING: Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management

Since 2014, Dr. Amy Diedrich coordinates and teaches every year a popular subject on Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management (EV5209) at James Cook University, in collaboration with a few members of The Conservation Planning Group. This subject is designed to build theoretical and applied knowledge in the field of Protected Area Management. Students are introduced to: – […]

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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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