When we think about climate change we often think about how hot or dry it is going to get, but don’t always make the connection to how this will affect all the benefits we get from the natural world, such as food, clothes and opportunities for recreation.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Trade-offs in the use of species distribution maps for protected area planning Key messages: Planning for new protected areas using range maps can lead to overestimating the level of protection, due to commission errors The adoption of a coarse analytical resolution can slightly mitigate this effect but leads to inefficient planning Intermediate resolutions are the […]
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 […]
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 […]
Relating flooding to land-use in Indonesian Borneo Key messages: Flood events are widespread in Indonesian Borneo, and have large impacts on communities Two novel sources of information – village interviews and news archives – give new insights into where and when floods occur, and how they relate to the surrounding landscape Floods have large impacts […]
And CEED is active in realising that potential The idea of ecosystem services emphasizes the benefits that nature provides – benefits that are both tangible and intangible. This, among other things, includes the production of food and clean water, the regulation of floods, the provision of recreation and scenic beauty, a connection to place, and […]
When did the notion of ‘ecosystem services’ take on real meaning? In one sense, it stretches back to the beginning of history with Plato noting the connection between deforestation, soil erosion and the drying of springs. However, attempting to frame the benefits of nature in a way that enabled us to make decisions around the […]
The marine environment of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is vast and diverse. Marine ecosystems directly support the livelihoods of Papua New Guineans through fisheries and development activities, and tourism. They provide an ecological foundation for much of the national economy and prosperity. However, the country’s marine environment is under threat from a growing population dependent […]
Ocean zoning with stakeholders establishes the Tun Mustapha Marine Park Malaysia has just established the Tun Mustapha Marine Park off the northern tip of Sabah province in Borneo (Malaysia). At 1.6 million hectares, it’s the country’s biggest marine protected area, and Marxan and CEED scientists have played an important role in the planning process that […]
The 3rd International Workshop in Advancing Conservation Planning in the Mediterranean Sea Back in 2012, a group of conservation researchers led by CEED scientists established a series of workshops that aimed to bring together scientists and managers working on conservation planning in the Mediterranean Sea (one of most human-impacted and jurisdictionally complex seas in the […]
Acknowledging that environmental managers are only human People in all walks of life – from town planners to judges and financial regulators – are subject to bias in their perceptions and judgements. Of course, this applies to environmental managers and natural resource managers too. We recently explored the influence of bias in natural resource management […]
Scientists have urged the three nations who share the island of Borneo to collaborate more closely to save their endangered wildlife while meeting development goals. By coordinating conservation and development efforts as well as reforming land-use, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei could retain up to half of the land of Borneo as forests, protect elephant and […]