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

Fisheries outcomes maximized through traditional practice

Our new study, published today in Journal of Applied Ecology, demonstrates that the challenge of keeping fish in the sea while putting fish on the plate might be best achieved through periodically harvested fisheries closures. Periodically harvested closures (PHCs) are a widespread, centuries‐old form of fisheries management that protects fish between pulse harvests and can … Continue reading Fisheries outcomes maximized through traditional practice

New paper: Opportunities and challenges for Shark Large Marine Protected Areas

A new paper led by Me'ira Mizrahi in JCU's Livelihoods Lab involved members of the Conservation Planning Group. Me'ira's paper reports on a global analysis that used national-level socio-economic data to identify where Shark Large MPAs are more likely to be successful in providing conservation benefits to sharks. The study produced multivariate indices to reflect … Continue reading New paper: Opportunities and challenges for Shark Large Marine Protected Areas

New paper: The residual nature of reserves in Brazil

Raísa Vieira, a visitor to, and collaborator with, the Conservation Planning Group, has recently published some important findings on Brazilian protected areas. Her national terrestrial analysis showed that Brazil's rather high percentage of overall reservation (18%) is skewed strongly toward the Amazon biome. In the nation's other biomes, not only do reserves cover much smaller … Continue reading New paper: The residual nature of reserves in Brazil

Community-based fisheries management in Tonga: assessing the impact of Special Management Areas

Fishing in the Kingdom of Tonga has historically been open access, leading to serious concerns about the current status of the country’s reef fish fishery. In 2002, as a result of increasing concerns over the depletion of local fish stocks, the Tongan Ministry of Fisheries implemented the Special Management Area (SMA) program. Special Management Areas … Continue reading Community-based fisheries management in Tonga: assessing the impact of Special Management Areas

Should conservation be focused on highly threatened frontier areas, or pristine wilderness areas?

Despite the efforts of conservation scientists worldwide, much conservation today is based on belief systems, rather than empirical evidence of the impact of alternative conservation strategies (but see Wiik et al. 2019 for exciting new research using randomised control trials). Two of the most widespread belief systems in conservation are the contrasting beliefs that we … Continue reading Should conservation be focused on highly threatened frontier areas, or pristine wilderness areas?

Webinar – Learning from others: The new global conservation planning database

Presenter: Jorge Álvarez-Romero, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University UPDATED Date/Time: Wednesday, February 27, 3 pm in Eastern Time (US and Canada) Description: Creating a new marine conservation or management plan? Learn what others have done in the past – build on their research and experiences and how they addressed challenges – using … Continue reading Webinar – Learning from others: The new global conservation planning database