Better marine conservation outcomes from a little cross-boundary collaboration Key messages: Decisions around marine conservation can be substantially influenced by whether they cross international and political boundaries. Taking this into account, it is important to understand the challenges, opportunities and constraints involved in conservation collaborations. Collaboration can occur at a variety of spatial scales (regions, […]
Collaboration across the sea
The behavioural sciences such as psychology and behavioural economics have a lot to offer conservation—from understanding people’s decision-making to evaluating the best way to change behaviours in a targeted population. Yet, given its breadth and depth, many of us find psychology, its jargon and research, impenetrable.
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.
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.
People close to CEED are well aware that CEED researchers have made many important contributions to environmental policy and management. However, measuring these impacts is notoriously difficult.
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.
Decision science & conservation at Zealandia Dr Danielle Shanahan is Manager of Conservation & Research at Zealandia, a 225 ha wildlife sanctuary that lies in the centre of New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington. It’s not a zoo or a museum but a world-first experiment on how to combine effective restoration and threatened species management […]
Cities planning to adapt to climate change should take biodiversity along for the ride Key messages: Cities are investing billions of dollars in climate change adaptation We analysed 80 city climate-adaptation plans and found that urban greening plays a key role in most adaptation strategies. This represents an enormous opportunity for biodiversity conservation. Unfortunately, our […]
In April, I had the privilege of visiting a truly innovative nature sanctuary in Wellington called Zealandia. I was there to meet Dr Danielle Shanahan, a former CEED post doc who is now the sanctuary’s Manager of Conservation and Research. Visitors to Zealandia get the chance to wander its 225 hectares of native plantings and interact with a broad range of […]
Focusing on spatial size can produce a raft of perverse outcomes Using size as the sole or even primary measure of success risks wasting limited political and social capital on protecting areas that don’t maximise conservation benefits. That’s the warning of a new commentary we led (while based at CEED) in Nature Ecology and Evolution […]
Adventures in 3D Key messages: Conservation features often vary with depth in the ocean realm 3D systematic spatial conservation planning has the potential to deal with this variation We demonstrated that a 3D approach to conservation planning in the Mediterranean Sea has the potential to generate more efficient outcomes than the traditional 2D approach Spatial […]
Completing the circle of life in death All of us will die – now imagine how beautiful it would be if our friends could visit our grave, hear the song of a critically endangered bird, and know that in death, we saved this bird from going extinct? I’m talking about a conservation burial in which […]
Modelling the future of Earth’s titans During the 1900s, many whales were commercially harvested almost to extinction. Amongst the most impacted were the larger baleen whales, those species with comb-like baleen plates used to strain the water for food (such as krill and small fish). In 1983 the International Whaling Commission decreed a moratorium on […]
ICCB 2017 through the eyes of newbies In July, we travelled to the colourful city of Cartagena in Colombia to attend the Society for Conservation Biology’s bi-annual International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) conference. “Insights for sustaining life on Earth” was the theme for this year’s conference, with an emphasis on how to better manage […]
What factors influence the selection of a property for a revolving fund? KEY MESSAGES: The effectiveness of a conservation revolving fund for land acquisition relies upon selecting the right properties Whilst conservation factors are important, financial and social factors are also highly influential, with a major determinant being whether the property can be on-sold within […]
Will the orangutan be saved? KEY MESSAGES: For many threatened species the rate and drivers of population decline are difficult to assess accurately We applied novel methods for integrating field and interview survey data for the Critically Endangered Bornean orangutan Our analysis revealed that Bornean orangutan populations have declined at a rate of 25% over […]