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Conversation Piece – The Coral Sea: an ocean jewel that needs more protection
Conversation Piece – The Coral Sea: an ocean jewel that needs more protection

Bob Pressey, James Cook University; Alana Grech, Macquarie University, and Trevor J Ward, University of Technology Sydney The federal government is considering changes to Australia’s marine reserves to implement a national system. This week The Conversation is looking at the science behind marine reserves and how to protect our oceans. Off Australia’s northeastern coastline, extending […]

Queensland’s native vegetation remains threatened with decline following vote in Parliament
Queensland’s native vegetation remains threatened with decline following vote in Parliament

Queensland’s Vegetation Management Act, 1999 was constituted to address growing concerns over the effects of broad-scale clearing of native vegetation, but also to encourage the ecologically sustainable use of land and maintain regional biodiversity. The Act largely dictates the aegis under which land clearing can occur by regulating clearing of vegetation communities (mapped as “regional […]

Does tourism really suffer at sites listed as World Heritage In Danger?
Does tourism really suffer at sites listed as World Heritage In Danger?

A recent article in The Conversation explores the possible impact for tourism on the Great Barrier Reef given the potential for listing of the Reef as World Heritage in Danger. Jon Day (PhD candidate in the ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies) outlines the impacts for tourism at three other famous World Heritage destinations – […]

Conversation piece: Great Barrier Reef bleaching stats are bad enough without media misreporting
Conversation piece: Great Barrier Reef bleaching stats are bad enough without media misreporting

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Jon C. Day, PhD candidate, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University The widespread bleaching event occurring across the Great Barrier Reef is unprecedented in scale and severity. It has rightly gained global media attention. Sadly, however, some of […]

PACKED HOUSE FOR DEMONSTRATION OF NEW DECISION-SUPPORT SOFTWARE
PACKED HOUSE FOR DEMONSTRATION OF NEW DECISION-SUPPORT SOFTWARE

Members of the conservation planning group gave a successful demonstration of their new decision-support software in Perth on 16 March 2016. The software has been developed by Jana Brotánková, with Justin Osbaldiston working on the graphical user interface. Funding for the five-year project, focused on identifying priorities for management actions on about 600 islands off […]

FORTHCOMING GLOBAL DATABASE ON STUDIES IN SYSTEMATIC CONSERVATION PLANNING
Marine Conservation Planning Workshop 2016

From 18-21 February 2016, six members of the Conservation Planning Group organized a writing workshop on Magnetic Island. The main aim of the workshop was to produce a journal paper describing the first stage of a global database on planning studies. The explosive growth of systematic conservation planning in the last decade has made it […]

New paper: Factors influencing incidental representation of previously unknown conservation features in marine protected areas
New paper: Factors influencing incidental representation of previously unknown conservation features in marine protected areas

Alana, Bob and Tom Bridge from the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies recently published an article in Conservation Biology examining how to plan for protection of unknown habitats and species in marine protected areas. Using the Great Barrier Reef as a case study, they show that biodiversity can be ‘incidentally’ represented in no-take […]

The Northern Australia Environmental Research Portal is now live
The Northern Australia Environmental Research Portal is now live

The Northern Australia Environmental Resources Portal brings together this collection of environmental knowledge to help us manage the opportunities and expectations for land and water resources of the north. Research from the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge (TRaCK) consortium and the Northern Australia Hub has led to a dramatic increase in the knowledge and evidence […]

Workshop to plan for threatened species across Northern Australia
The Burrowing Bettong used to be common animals in the dry parts of Australia but now they have mostly disappeared. Photo: Arid Recovery

In Darwin from 17th to 19th of November, Bob Pressey, Stephanie Trotter, Jorge Álvarez-Romero and Jeremy Vanderwal led a workshop on threatened species in northern Australia. The workshop was funded by the Northern Australia NESP (National Environmental Science Program) Hub, with the main aim of designing a multi-year project to develop new data and more accurately identify […]

NEW PAPER: Coal, Cumulative Impacts and the Great Barrier Reef
NEW PAPER: Coal, Cumulative Impacts and the Great Barrier Reef

Alana, Bob and Jon recently published a manuscript in Conservation Letters that exposes the links between the Great Barrier Reef, climate change, energy production and the Australian coal mining industry. They propose new policies and processes that enable the consideration of the cumulative effect of coal mining by environmental decision makers. The manuscript is open access; feel […]

Planning for biodiversity – and carbon, water, biosecurity, agriculture, traditional owner priorities … in the Wet Tropics
Planning for biodiversity – and carbon, water, biosecurity, agriculture, traditional owner priorities … in the Wet Tropics

Terrain, the Natural Resource Management (NRM) group looking after the Wet Tropics region in Far North Queensland, launched their Wet Tropics NRM Plan this Friday, 20th November 2015. Australia has 54 NRM regions, which are defined by catchments and bioregions. These regions are grouped into 8 NRM clusters, areas that have some commonality of climate, […]

Mammal declines in northern Australia – a fresh perspective on diseases
Rufous bettong

Sadly, Australia leads the way in mammal extinctions worldwide. Alarmingly, the relatively-unmodified tropical savannas across northern Australia are facing decline of their mammals; both diversity and abundance. Some work has been done on this recently, and contenders for the drivers of this decline include modified fire regimes, grazing, cats & foxes, climate change, disease and […]

Are Australian tropical savanna birds vulnerable to climate change?
Are Australian tropical savanna birds vulnerable to climate change?

When it comes to species being vulnerable to climate change, many people think of polar bears – or other species that are highly specialised to local conditions. A lot of research has been done, for example, on mountain top endemics – species reliant on cool, misty mountains that could lose that habitat with rising temperatures. […]

Australian Government Plans to reduce Environmental Protection to Instead Protect Coal Mines
Australian Government Plans to reduce Environmental Protection to Instead Protect Coal Mines

It’s difficult to concentrate on my research into priorities for species conservation under climate change when weakening of Australia’s environmental protection laws are being proposed. The Australian government has put forward proposed changes to the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999 that prevent environment groups from challenging development projects that breach the Act. […]

Integrated cross-realm planning: a decision-makers’ perspective
Draft cross-realm planning framework

A new paper on integrated cross-realm planning, led by Jorge G. Álvarez-Romero and other members of the Conservation Planning Group, is now online in Biological Conservation. We followed a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to examine the foundations, current approaches, and key requirements of cross-realm planning. Over three workshops, our team of authors included people with […]

Studying collaboration networks in the Fitzroy River catchment
Studying collaboration networks in the Fitzroy River catchment

An ongoing study by researchers of the Conservation Planning Group can help organisations involved in natural resource management (NRM) in the Fitzroy River catchment to better understand how they collaborate with one another. Funded by the Northern Australia Hub of the National Environmental Research Program (NERP), researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral […]

The Barrier Reef is not listed as in danger, but the threats remain
Lady Elliot Island, Underwater Earth Catlin Seaview Survey

UNESCO and IUCN have just released a draft decision for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The decision proposes not to list the GBR “In danger” as many expected.  However, given the many threats that still face the GBR, this article suggests several aspects of the decision that need to be stronger to maintain the World Heritage values. Jon Day from the ARC Centre for Coral […]

Science can influence policy and benefit the public – here’s how
Science can influence policy and benefit the public – here’s how

As conservation scientists, the ultimate goal in our work is to contribute to onground conservation in some way; whether it be through improving the evidence base for the conservation decisions, bringing attention to poorly known issues, or finding the best way of tackling a conservation problem. My first postdoc – fresh out of my PhD […]

ARC Centre of Excellence’s Virginia Chadwick Award
Fisherman, Indonesia, Georgina Gurney

Georgina Gurney recently received a Virginia Chadwick Award for her paper on how marine protected areas (MPAs) affect human wellbeing, which is published in Global Environmental Change. The Virginia Chadwick Awards are awarded each year to five ARC Centre of Excellence graduate students for the most outstanding publications in peer-reviewed international journals. Georgina’s paper examined […]

NEW PAPER: A decision framework for prioritizing multiple management actions for threatened marine megafauna
NEW PAPER: A decision framework for prioritizing multiple management actions for threatened marine megafauna

Resources for conserving biodiversity are invariably insufficient. This situation creates the need for transparent, systematic frameworks to help stakeholders prioritize the allocation of resources across multiple management actions. Together with other members (Bob Pressey and Piero Visconti) from The Conservation Planning Group, various stakeholders (Cape York Sustainable Futures, Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, […]

New Paper: Incorporating climate change refugia into conservation planning
New Paper: Incorporating climate change refugia into conservation planning

Refugia have been places that species have survived through harsh climate change in the past, so are believed to be important for species survival into the future with the impending, projected changes. In a previous postdoc (funded by NCCARF), I, April, looked at refugia across Australia for terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity.  This work has been […]

SAVING THE GREAT BARRIER REEF: WHAT THE NEXT QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT MUST DO
Keppel Islands, photo by Tane Sinclair-Taylor

The election of the next Queensland government will be held on the 31st of January. Both major parties – the incumbent Liberal National Party and Labor as its main competition – are making promises about investment in the future of the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef has been a topic of strong public and political […]

Planning across freshwater and terrestrial realms: cobenefits and tradeoffs between conservation actions
Planning across freshwater and terrestrial realms: cobenefits and tradeoffs between conservation actions

Conservation planning has historically been restricted to planning within single realms (marine, terrestrial or freshwater). Our paper reviews progress and gaps in integrated terrestrial-freshwater planning. We propose a conceptual framework for considering cobenefits and tradeoffs between multiple realms and identify challenges and opportunities associated with the application of our framework. Traditionally, prioritization of conservation actions […]

CliMAS – a tool for investigating predicted climate change impacts on Australian species and biodiversity – is online!
CliMAS – a tool for investigating predicted climate change impacts on Australian species and biodiversity – is online!

http://climas.hpc.jcu.edu.au http://climas.hpc.jcu.edu.au/maps/ The CliMAS project provides projected species distributions and biodiversity estimates in the face of climate change, including regional summary reports. These can be generated for states, IBRA bioregions and NRM regions. The models are for terrestrial and freshwater vertebrates across Australia, and crayfish. With the support of the northern monsoon cluster of NRM […]

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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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