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 […]
Bigger is not necessarily better?
Making the most of the marine Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas IBA stands for Important Bird and Biodiversity Area. It’s a program run by Birdlife International and has been developed over 30 years. It aims to identify sites significant for their contribution to the persistence of bird species and other biodiversity using these areas. Initially, […]
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 […]
An international study published in Nature Communications involving CEED researchers from the University of Queensland has found that protected areas (PAs) have been largely successful at safeguarding wildlife within their boundaries, particularly in wealthier, more developed countries. Lead author Megan Barnes said the socio-economic conditions of the country in which a park was located was […]
Australian cities can help conserve the country’s endangered animals and plants say CEED scientists. New research reveals that Australian cities still retain a remarkable number of threatened species. All Australian cities and towns contain species that are officially listed as threatened. Sydney has the most, at 126 species, Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia has the most […]
CEED scientists have called for a greater international collaborative effort to save the world’s migratory birds, many of which are at risk of extinction due to loss of habitat along their flight paths. More than 90% of the world’s migratory birds are inadequately protected due to poorly coordinated conservation around the world. The research found […]
Recognising that protected areas are essential for effective biodiversity conservation action, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) established ambitious protected-area targets as part of the 2020 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. Target 11 of the strategic plan aims to put 17% of terrestrial and 10% of marine regions under protected-area status by 2020. These protected areas […]
So, how are we going in Australia when it comes to using long-term monitoring data to inform management decisions? You often hear that conservation management agencies fail to use scientific evidence to inform management but our investigation suggests this is not the case – though there is room for improvement.