The need to restore the world’s ecosystems and landscapes to protect biodiversity and vital ecosystem services has resulted in significant international commitments over the last decade. Governments and non-government organisations are now looking at ways to scale up restoration efforts to meet those commitments.
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Models are basic to good decision making. System models are representations of the dynamics of an ecological system, a conceptual map of how the system works. They enable us to specify our thinking on how the system responds to management. Without them in our decision frame it’s unlikely our choices will be well founded. What’s more, and just as important, without a system model the potential to learn is limited.
What? where? and when? If we could answer these three little questions when it comes to allocating our available limited resources to saving species and ecosystems then we would be going a long way towards fixing the biodiversity crisis as it unravels around us.
A mathematical multi-disciplinary cornucopia It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like your maths strong and without sugar, then MOBSYM would be your drink of choice*. By strong I mean maths that solves challenging real world problems. And without sugar means we don’t need sweeteners to take it in. It’s maths […]
Celebrating CEED’s Inaugural Twitter conference On 22 May 2018, CEED ran its inaugural Twitter Conference on Environmental Decisions and it was a huge success! With over 200 participants and a potential reach of almost 600,000 people, #CEEDTC2018 trended at number 1 on Twitter in Australia. The conference reached all over the world but our online […]
Researchers from UQ, CEED, the National University of Singapore (NUS), and staff from the Singapore National Parks Board (NParks), met in Singapore in early February to strengthen collaborative links between conservation researchers and managers. Scientists and managers from NUS and NParks gave talks providing an overview of Singapore’s current conservation and parks management arrangements, and […]
CEED alumni make their mark One of CEED’s greatest legacies will be its people. CEED commenced in 2011 and has now generated a well-connected alumni network that spans the globe. These incredibly capable researchers are receiving national and international recognition for their achievements. They are securing coveted positions in the academy, and also taking up […]
CEED and the National University of Singapore Singapore is an important regional centre for biodiversity and conservation science. In recent years CEED has established many collaborations with researchers at the country’s national university – the National University of Singapore (NUS). These growing links are proving mutually beneficial to both countries as well as advancing environmental […]
Multi-objective hotspots and complementary super-spots in the Coral Triangle KEY MESSAGES: Collaboration between Coral Triangle nations makes good sense The challenge is to work out how regional priorities can be incorporated into national decisions Establishing new MPAs in multi-objective hotspots provides good benefits for all six regional objectives simultaneously Defining management actions for marine […]
When attempting to build collaborations to meet an environmental challenge, is it better to allow them to develop by themselves (bottom-up efforts at self-organisation) or should they be designed ‘top-down’ by the powers that be (ie, government departments and so forth) in order to be ‘fit for purpose’ and efficient? New research from CEED researcher […]
Multiple actors working together in the landscape Prioritising conservation actions is a challenging task even when it’s a simple comparison between two options – for example, do you buy land and put it in a reserve or restore degraded land if you want to reduce the loss of habitat? However, the task of prioritisation becomes […]
Collaboration can reduces conservation costs in the marine realm The problem with countries collaborating for conservation is that it takes too much effort. Well, that’s a common perception anyway. The truth is that if it’s done properly you can get better conservation outcomes. What’s more, in some situations collaboration is the only sensible way to […]
CEED and its many international linkages The problem of conserving biodiversity with inadequate resources is a problem everywhere. It’s not restricted to Australia. While the operations of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) are largely based in Australia, both our science network and the impacts of our research are truly international. Our […]