Planning deep-sea protected areas around Brazilian oil fields Key messages: Marxan was used to explore options for deep-sea MPAs that are politically feasible and environmentally rigorous The process developed has application for other regions seeking to protect deep-sea biodiversity on and around deep-sea oil fields, mining prospects or fishing areas Since its inception, CEED has […]
Marxan plumbs new depths
MarProb: conservation planning for the real (uncertain) world Accounting for risk and dynamics in our spatial planning Key messages: There is a need to better account for risk and dynamics in conservation spatial planning MarProb is risk averse. It either targets sites where we are more certain that the species or habitat is (or will […]
A new pathway for saving Arctic and Antarctic biodiversity from climate change has been proposed by CEED scientists: the world should tackle immediate threats like pollution, over-fishing and invasive species in both the northern and southern polar regions to boost their ability to withstand climate change. Climate change remains the greatest threat to the Arctic […]
A new study says that more than 17,000 marine species worldwide remain largely unprotected. The authors (including several CEED researchers) looked at the ranges of some 17,348 species of marine life, including whales, sharks rays and fish, and found that 97.4% have less than 10% of their range represented in marine protected areas. http://ceed.edu.au/ceed-news/ceed-media-releases/322- major-shortfalls-identified-in-marine-conservation.html
All around the world there are marine areas important for biodiversity that are experiencing exploration and extraction of oil and natural gas resources. Such operations are expanding to previously inaccessible deep waters and other frontier regions. Conservation challenges arising from offshore hydrocarbon development are wide-ranging. These challenges include threats to ecosystems and marine species from […]
Two CEED researchers have made a plea for a review of the Commonwealth marine protected areas around Australia to be more representative. Jennifer McGowan and Hugh Possingham have recently posted an editorial on the National Geographic blogsite pointing out Australia has a big opportunity to better conserve our marine natural heritage. The researchers bemoan the […]
Marine protected areas (MPAs) have become the cornerstone of many national and international strategies for halting the loss of marine biodiversity. Australia has made strong international commitments to increase its coverage of MPAs through the principles of systematic conservation planning and, in the last ten years, has rapidly expanded its MPA coverage using these principles.