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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

Strategies in scheduling marine protected area establishment in a network system

Instantaneous implementation of systematic conservation plans at regional scales is rare. More typically, planned actions are applied incrementally over periods of years or decades. This is certainly true in the central Philippines, where a network of 33 MPAs was gradually established between 1974 and 2008.  In recent years there has been a rapidly growing literature on … Continue reading Strategies in scheduling marine protected area establishment in a network system

New paper: conservation is about making a difference, but typical planning based on representation can make little difference compared to actively planning to avoid loss

A new paper, led by Lara Monteiro, a member of Rafael Loyola's research group at Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), has made advances in planning for landscape and climate dynamics. The paper,  co-authored with colleagues at UFG and the Conservation Planning Group's Bob Pressey, is now published online in Biodiversity and Conservation. The paper contrasted alternative planning strategies … Continue reading New paper: conservation is about making a difference, but typical planning based on representation can make little difference compared to actively planning to avoid loss

Research advances and gaps in marine planning: towards a global database in systematic conservation planning

Over the last three decades, hundreds of systematic conservation planning (SCP) studies were produced, yet we have no reliable way of finding information on SCP methods, trends, and progress. In particular, the number of studies added to the marine SCP literature has increased exponentially over the past 10 years (Figure 1). This accelerating output of … Continue reading Research advances and gaps in marine planning: towards a global database in systematic conservation planning

New paper: Predicted impact of community-based marine reserve design is comparable to a systematic approach

      When planning a marine reserve, the efficacy of different approaches should be assessed by their potential impact. This research (Smallhorn-West et al. 2018) predicted the impact, or recovery of target species biomass, for different marine reserve configurations in the Vava'u island group in the Kingdom of Tonga. Specifically, we asked whether the … Continue reading New paper: Predicted impact of community-based marine reserve design is comparable to a systematic approach

Stakeholders get together to think about the future of the Fitzroy River catchment, Kimberley, Western Australia

NESP Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub’s project on multiple objective planning in northern Australia is guiding participatory scenario planning to construct and assess the outcomes of alternative development scenarios in the Fitzroy catchment, WA. The project’s planning team will meet three times to discuss possible development pathways for the Fitzroy catchment and their consequences. On July … Continue reading Stakeholders get together to think about the future of the Fitzroy River catchment, Kimberley, Western Australia