Why bother? How is it done? Key messages: Prioritisation is unavoidable; most environmental programs have too few resources to meet their goals. Given the great variation between potential environmental investments, good prioritisation is critically important. In most cases, good prioritisation of environmental investments is reasonably easy to apply. In some cases, prioritisation is more complex […]
Prioritising environmental investments
Helping decision makers frame, analyze, and implement decisions Managers, policy makers, and decision makers with responsibility for environmental decisions have an extraordinarily difficult job. The systems they manage are complex (coupled human-natural systems), with many dimensions and complicated dynamics. Our knowledge of how those systems respond to management actions is often limited, so many of […]
Why bother? How is it done? KEY MESSAGES: Prioritisation is unavoidable; most environmental programs have too few resources to meet their goals Given the great variation between potential environmental investments, good prioritisation is critically important In most cases, good prioritisation of environmental investments is reasonably easy to apply In some cases, prioritisation is more complex […]
How ecosystem services can better inform environmental decisions Key messages ecosystem services is a timely and relevant concept in the science policy interface most research on ecosystem services does not cover all elements of the decision-making process future assessments need to better articulate objectives, identify performance measures and consider the alternative actions Ecosystem services are […]
Evaluating the success of a conservation strategy is a crucial element of best practice management. Without it, managers can’t benefit from the experiences of others and scarce funds available could be wasted. And, if the strategy isn’t actually working, a lack of evaluation could lead to misguided policy directives and a loss of confidence of donors.
Reflecting on the fruits of collaborative research Four years ago we embarked on a collaborative research project that aimed to explore how environmental decision making and spatial prioritisation might contribute to improving the conservation outcomes of Gondwana Link, one of Australia’s largest and most ambitious conservation projects (see the box on research partners or see […]
I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” It’s a great piece of advice for any conservation manager struggling to deal with multiple threats with inadequate resources. However, in an age when our most important (and much loved) ecosystems are under growing pressure, we’d like to suggest that true wisdom lies not only in knowing the difference between the things we can and can’t change, but also understanding how these things interact.