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.
Effective conservation is all about making smart decisions
Planning for a transition zone in a time of climate change KEY MESSAGES: Subtropical and temperate reefs are currently undergoing ‘tropicalisation’ Going from tropical to temperate reefs, species richness in corals and fishes declines, but that of algae, echinoderms and other invertebrates can increase We should aim to conserve sites that consistently remain important for […]
Exploring options in an abandoned agricultural project in Kalimantan Conservation and economic paradigms are shifting. In decades past it seemed fine to dedicate land to either conservation or production. But more recently we realise that this is inadequate to save all biodiversity, particularly where we want and need it. We live in a world of […]
Children understand trade-offs. Ask them if they would like to have more chocolate cake and more candy, and it’s a no-brainer. However, ask them if they would like more chocolate cake or more candy and they could deliberate for some time. Conservation decision-making is the same.
Understanding how society perceives and values different areas of the landscape is important for effective land-use planning. Indeed, making use of social values is arguably one of the most important
challenges in modern conservation planning, yet their potential remains poorly exploited.
The next step is to identify where and when to implement a range of recovery actions across NSW over the next 50 years, for different levels of resources available. This research is currently being done. We are considering four possible actions: dog control, fencing highways, habitat protection and habitat restoration and estimated the costs and benefits of implementing each action.
NERP Environmental Decisions is working closely with the Strategic Approaches Branch (Department of the Environment) to apply state-of-the-art decision analysis to guard against cumulative impacts on threatened species and ecological communities (as listed under the EPBC Act).