Two weeks ago I was in Kokopo, in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea with a dedicated team from The Nature Conservancy, CSIRO and the University of Queensland. I was there to help facilitate one of their workshops on delivering tools that can help local-level governments (LLGs) work towards creating their land- and sea-use plans, ultimately informing their own sustainable … Continue reading Tools workshop on responsible sustainable development in East New Britain
Small, targeted community-managed reserves can balance conservation and fisheries benefits.Conservation commonly requires trade-offs between social and ecological goals. For tropical small-scale fisheries, social considerations often require community-based management – carried out at very small spatial scales. This is of particular concern for large coral reef fishes, such as many species of grouper, which migrate to aggregations to … Continue reading NEW PAPER: Restricted grouper reproductive migrations support community-based management
Next Monday, Mélanie Hamel will present her PhD pre-completion seminar. Title: Protecting the unknown: what data for local coral reef conservation planning? Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, Townsville (map). When: Monday 15th June 2015, 12:00 to 13:00 hrs. Abstract: Systematic conservation planning helps to identify candidate protected areas to represent biodiversity … Continue reading SEMINAR: Protecting the unknown – What data for local coral reef conservation planning?
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 … Continue reading Help identify research priorities for Oceania
Jeff Sayer and Intu Boedhihartono (JCU Cairns) organised a workshop to talk to conservation academics and practitioners about landscape approaches to conservation, using knowledge and case studies from Indonesia, northern Australia and PNG. The workshop was hosted at JCU’s Daintree Rainforest Observatory in Far North Queensland. Attendees came from universities (academics and students from JCU, … Continue reading Sharing experiences from landscape approaches: Indonesia, Australia and PNG
A couple of years ago, a group of us (Rebecca Weeks, Bob Pressey, Jo Wilson, Vera Horigue, Maurice Knight, Rene Acosta, Rene Abesamis, & Jamal Jompa) got together to discuss why systematic conservation planning still remains under-utilised in the Coral Triangle region, despite being widely recognised and applied as best practice elsewhere. The results of … Continue reading New Paper: Ten things to get right for marine conservation planning in the Coral Triangle
The current edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) features an article on mismatches between the scale of ecosystems and the scale of management, and how practitioners are addressing this challenge. Rebecca Weeks discusses the potential for marine protected area networks to address scale mismatches in the Coral Triangle / Pacific Islands regions. There are … Continue reading Interview on Coral Triangle scale mismatches in MEAM
My new paper, Developing Marine Protected Area Networks in the Coral Triangle: Good Practices for Expanding the Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area System is now online. The paper appears in a Special Issue of Coastal Management: "Establishing a Region-wide System of Marine Protected Areas in the Coral Triangle". All of the special issue papers have … Continue reading NEW PAPER: Developing Marine Protected Area Networks in the Coral Triangle: Good Practices for Expanding the Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area System