Risky Reserves

Billions of dollars are being spent around the world on adapting our cities to climate change. Unfortunately, most of the planning to this point does not include the specific intention of making space for biodiversity. This is a lost opportunity for conservation and the resilience of our cities. There is now considerable evidence of the many values of bringing biodiversity into our urban spaces, as well as the creation of many strategies on how it might be achieved. Pictured above is one depiction of how biodiversity might be incorporated around the urban development at Fisherman’s Bend near Melbourne. It’s part of the work being done by researchers at RMIT under the theme of Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design. See https://iconscience.org/biodiversity-sensitive-urban-design/ for details.

Injecting biodiversity into city spaces

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 […]

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The ocean realm is fundamentally a three dimensional space.
Conservation planning in such conditions is more efficient when features
and threats can be stratified with depth. (Photo by Thomas Vignaud)

Taking spatial conservation to the next dimension

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 […]

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Using range maps to plan protected areas

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 […]

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Students and teachers in the Marxan training course run at Brazil’s
Mato Grosso do Sul Federal University in 2015. Morena Mills, Jennifer
McGowan and Gustavo Almada each have their intitials over their heads.
Special mention also should be made of Prof Reinaldo Lourival (RL). He’s
an experienced Marxan user and helped realise the Marxan workshop.

Marxan plumbs new depths

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 […]

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Floodwaters rising

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 […]

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Ecosystem services: an idea with enormous value

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 […]

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A brief history of ecosystem services

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 […]

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Public servants from CEPA consider different networks of marine protected areas. (Image by Carissa Klein)

A National Marine Conservation Assessment for PNG

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 […]

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Robecca Jumin from WWF-Malaysia (third from the right) receives a
certificate in conservation planning from trainers from the University
of Queensland (during one of the Marxan courses run in Malaysia).
From the right are Hugh Possingham, Hedley Grantham and Carissa
Klein. The course was run in 2010 in Sabah.

From Marxan to management

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 […]

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Conservation planning in a very complex region

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 […]

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Project planners are often excessively optimistic about the
performance of a project that they are developing. It’s important to
aim high but making judgments about a planned activity that are
systematically over-optimistic (including underestimating project
completion time, underestimating costs, or overestimating benefits)
can lead to some very poor decisions.

‘Bias’ and natural resource management

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 […]

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Alternative futures for Borneo

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 […]

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