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NEW PAPER: Sympathy for the devil: Detailing the effects of planning-unit size, thematic resolution of reef classes, and socioeconomic costs on spatial priorities for marine conservation
NEW PAPER: Sympathy for the devil: Detailing the effects of planning-unit size, thematic resolution of reef classes, and socioeconomic costs on spatial priorities for marine conservation

Jessica and colleagues from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, and the French Research Institute for Development recently published a paper in PLoS ONE. The study looked at different factors related to data resolution and spatial heterogeneity involved in the process of prioritising areas for marine conservation, and how […]

New Paper: Systematic conservation planning within a Fijian customary governance context
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The groundwork for the paper was undertaken by lead author Hans Wendt, whilst he was undertaking his Masters degree at the University of the South Pacific. At the time, I was working for WCS Fiji, and provided Hans with guidance on systematic conservation planning. He took this and did some amazing work with communities in his home province […]

Are spatially variable costs more of a hindrance to conservation prioritisations at regional, coarse-resolution scales?
Are spatially variable costs more of a hindrance to conservation prioritisations at regional, coarse-resolution scales?

Regional-scale conservation planning considering ecosystems as a whole is important in allowing us to capture emergent system properties, such as complementarity, connectivity, and large-scale ecological processes and threats. Consequently, there has been an increase in the number of regional-scale prioritisation assessments in the conservation planning literature. However, conservation planning cannot stop at regional scales. Planning […]

Big Sur workshop on periodically harvested closures
Exploring nearby Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

For the last few years now I have been working with a fantastic group of colleagues on research into the effectiveness of periodically harvested fisheries closures. Widely implemented by local communities across Melanesia, periodically harvested closures (PHCs) are fisheries closures that have opening regimes that can range from mostly closed to mostly open. PHCs evolved […]

Help identify research priorities for Oceania
Help identify research priorities for Oceania

As conservation scientists, most of us hope to conduct research that will be useful to practitioners, and will ultimately “make a difference”. However, it remains unclear whether the areas towards which we are investing our research efforts will actually produce the information that conservation practitioners and natural resource managers need. Understanding the information that decision-makers […]

NEW PAPER: Efficient and equitable design of marine protected areas in Fiji through inclusion of stakeholder-specific objectives in conservation planning
NEW PAPER: Efficient and equitable design of marine protected areas in Fiji through inclusion of stakeholder-specific objectives in conservation planning

A new paper on integrating socioeconomic considerations into spatial prioritization, led by Georgina Gurney and other members of the Conservation Planning Group, is now online in Conservation Biology . In this study we evaluated two key aspects of incorporating socioeconomic factors into spatial prioritization: treatment of socioeconomic factors as costs or objectives and treatment of […]

SEMINAR: Georgina Gurney – Improving the success of conservation planning: integration of socioeconomic considerations into the design and management of marine protected areas
Georgina Gurney, James Cook University

* Update! You can view Georgina’s seminar online! Check out the end of this post. This Wednesday, Georgina Gurney will present her PhD pre-completion seminar. Title: Improving the success of conservation planning: integration of socioeconomic considerations into the design and management of marine protected areas Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, […]

Can Pacific Islanders bank on a secure fisheries future?
Can Pacific Islanders bank on a secure fisheries future?

I’m currently in Albany with a “team of international experts” (and a chef!) from UWA, WCS-Fiji, CalPoly, DPaW, CNRS, and Fervor, working on a meta-analysis of Periodically Harvested Closures. See the media release from UWA, below, for more on what we’re getting up to! Traditional conservation measures, such as local ‘Tabus’ – areas periodically closed […]

VISITOR: Dr Sangeeta Mangubhai (WCS)
VISITOR: Dr Sangeeta Mangubhai (WCS)

The Conservation Planning Group often welcomes visitors from other universities, NGOs or governmental institutions to share experiences, discuss current projects and create new collaborations. This week, Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai from the Wildlife Conservation Society (Fiji) took a few days in her busy schedule after the attending the ATBC conference in Cairns to come meet with several members […]

Happening now: SCBO 2014!
Happening now: SCBO 2014!

The conservation planning group are currently in Suva, Fiji for the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania meeting. Follow our tweets at #SCBO2014 for news from the conference! Here’s Mel talking about her phd research!

NEW PAPER: Adaptive Comanagement of a Marine Protected Area Network in Fiji
NEW PAPER: Adaptive Comanagement of a Marine Protected Area Network in Fiji

Our new paper, Adaptive Comanagement of a Marine Protected Area Network in Fiji, has just been published online in Conservation Biology. I worked on this whilst a postdoc with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Fiji. I think it’s a fantastic little success story of scaling up community-based conservation, and it’s great to see it out. The paper is […]

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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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