The Conservation Planning Group Applied conservation research


The Conservation Planning Group focuses on spatial solutions to diverse resource management problems, involving the design of conservation areas and applications of a variety of conservation actions. Our goal is to guide management that promotes the persistence and sustainable use of natural resources, and that is implemented with local communities and other stakeholders.

We work in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. We are an international team of researchers with study areas spread across and around Australia, through the Coral Triangle and Oceania, and further afield in Mexico, Canada, Brazil, and Costa Rica. In designing and conducting our research, we place a high value on engagement with managers and policy makers, from local communities to local, state and federal governments and non-government organizations.

Look under the Research tab above for profiles of our recent and ongoing research projects, or click on the map below to see examples of our research related to different countries. 

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About Us
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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