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Helping conservation initiatives turn contagious

New research shows that conservation initiatives often spread like disease, helping scientists and policymakers to better design successful programs that are more likely to be adopted. In a study published today, researchers modelled how conservation initiatives are implemented across regions and countries until they reach ‘scale’—a level where they can have real impact on conserving or improving … Continue reading Helping conservation initiatives turn contagious

New paper: Shortfalls in conservation evidence – moving from ecological effects of interventions to policy evaluation

Large sums of money are invested annually in conservation interventions, but evidence of the conservation impact of these investments is often lacking or conflicting. Just as important, there is much confusion among scientists and practitioners about how the effectiveness of policy interventions should be evaluated. In a new paper led by Vanessa Adams, we show … Continue reading New paper: Shortfalls in conservation evidence – moving from ecological effects of interventions to policy evaluation

New paper: Traditional ecological knowledge supports ecosystem-based management in coastal Brazil

Fernanda Terra Stori visited the Centre in 2018 to work with the Conservation Planning Group. We recently had a paper published from that visit. Fernanda described the social-ecological system of Araçá Bay in Brazil, a small-scale fishery community that has experienced successive disturbances due to development projects since the 1930s. As part of a major … Continue reading New paper: Traditional ecological knowledge supports ecosystem-based management in coastal Brazil

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?

On board the RV Investigator: mapping seafloor and sampling biodiversity in the deep

Knowledge gaps in deep sea habitats.The deep sea is the largest habitat in the world and, due to logistical challenges, most of this area remains to be mapped and sampled for biodiversity. This means we have limited knowledge about seafloor geomorphology, what the various seafloor features are made of, and what species live in these … Continue reading On board the RV Investigator: mapping seafloor and sampling biodiversity in the deep

Seminar: Edmond Sacre – Developing spatial prioritisation strategies to maximise the conservation impact of protected area networks

Friday June 21, 11:00 to 12:00 hrs (AEST)JCU Location: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room 106 (upstairs), JCU, TownsvilleUQ Video link: RSVP Karin at k.zwiep@uq.edu.auUWA Video link: RSVP Rose at rose.berdin@uwa.edu.au Abstract: Despite the rapid expansion of the global protected area network over recent decades, Earth’s biodiversity continues to decline at an alarming rate. These declines, along with evidence to suggest that … Continue reading Seminar: Edmond Sacre – Developing spatial prioritisation strategies to maximise the conservation impact of protected area networks

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

Seminar: Jeremy Horowitz – Deep, Diverse & Difficult: Overcoming multiple biodiversity shortfalls to inform conservation in the oceans

Wednesday June 12th 10:00 to 11:00 hrs (AEST)Location: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room 106 (upstairs), JCU, TownsvilleUQ videolink: RSVP Karin at k.zwiep@uq.edu.auUWA videolink: RSVP Rose at rose.berdin@uwa.edu.au Abstract: Factors influencing the origin and maintenance of biodiversity have long fascinated and been debated by scientists. Knowledge about biodiversity patterns is limited by the logistical challenges of sampling remote and/or inaccessible habitats (e.g. … Continue reading Seminar: Jeremy Horowitz – Deep, Diverse & Difficult: Overcoming multiple biodiversity shortfalls to inform conservation in the oceans