Measuring science performance AND policy/management impact

CEED CI Iadine Chadès takes part in the final group discussion at the Boden Conference)

Surprise, collapse, hope and the seeds of renewal

The 2018 Boden Conference:  Ecological Surprises and Rapid Collapse of Ecosystems in a Changing World In recent years the world has witnessed the ‘collapse’ of a range of ecosystems including the mass bleaching of coral reefs, the sudden disappearance of giant kelp forests and the withering of subantarctic alpine tundra (to name a few systems […]

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Fishery managers constantly have to deal with the challenge
of making decisions on allowable catch quotas with incomplete
information. Adaptive management is one pathway to meet this
challenge. (Photo by Megan Saunders)

Learning about adaptive management

Good decisions produce results AND help you learn KEY MESSAGES: Ecosystems are poorly understood, but often require immediate management action Adaptive management allows action to be taken immediately, and also helps learning Though commonly cited, true adaptive management is rarely applied Changing management because of ongoing monitoring at management sites is not adaptive management Adaptive […]

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A biodiversity offset accounting system

Improving the estimation of ecological equivalence within offset exchanges Key messages: Ecologically robust, user-friendly decision support tools improve the transparency of biodiversity offsetting and assist in the decision making process We developed a disaggregated accounting model to balance biodiversity trades within a ‘no-net-loss’ framework The model improves on other models that use aggregated metrics by […]

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Intact ecosystems provide best defence against climate change

With climate change now posing a clear and present danger all around the planet, scientists are calling for more intelligence in the decisions we make about how we adapt, especially in relation to our ecosystems. In many cases, leaving these ecosystems intact would be the smartest and most cost-effective insurance policy we could have. That’s […]

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Farmers at work in an Indonesian rice field. The Mega Rice Project
aimed to help grow the economy, create employment and alleviate
poverty for men and women. Unfortunately, the many other values of
the peat swamp it replaced were discounted. (Photo by Josh Estey.)

Balancing trade-offs between land-use policy objectives

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 […]

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That’s novel

A new text on novel ecosystems Land conversion, climate change and species invasions are contributing to the widespread emergence of novel ecosystems. Dealing with them demands a shift in how we think about traditional approaches to conservation, restoration and environmental management. These systems are novel because they exist without historical precedents and are self-sustaining. Traditional […]

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