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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

Improved fisheries training curriculum to assist communities to manage their fisheries sustainably

Originally posted by By Kelera Serelini–Varawa on the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape blog. For many Fijians, coastal fisheries provide an important source of food and income. Unfortunately, pressure on these precious resources is increasing. Many finfish and invertebrate fisheries are over-exploited, and coastal habitats are becoming degraded by poor land-use practices or destructive fishing methods. Adding to … Continue reading Improved fisheries training curriculum to assist communities to manage their fisheries sustainably

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

New paper: Modelling the dynamics of native and invasive species in response to management actions

Another new paper comes from our five-year project on prioritising management actions on the Pilbara islands, off the north-west coast of Western Australia. We've been collaborating with WA Parks and Wildlife to develop an interactive decision-support tool to allow managers to prioritise their investments in island management. Behind the new software is a study, now … Continue reading New paper: Modelling the dynamics of native and invasive species in response to management actions