In a world experiencing massive declines in biodiversity coupled with inadequate government expenditure, raising funds from the public is becoming increasingly important for saving species.
Taking it to the people (one at a time)
What? where? and when? If we could answer these three little questions when it comes to allocating our available limited resources to saving species and ecosystems then we would be going a long way towards fixing the biodiversity crisis as it unravels around us.
Reducing the threat to our endangered migratory shorebirds Key messages: We sought the most cost-effective allocation of patrol effort among sites with a limited budget to help manage disturbances to migratory shorebirds We demonstrate a straightforward objective method for allocating enforcement effort while accounting for diminishing returns on investment over multiple visits to the same […]
How much do we need to know to develop a good plan? KEY MESSAGES: Spatial priorities for sea turtle conservation are very sensitive to the type of information being used Setting conservation targets for migration tracks altered the location of conservation priorities Telemetry data needs to be better harnessed in conservation planning It’s quite a […]
‘Shopping’ for the GBR – it’s a question of benefit, cost AND feasibility KEY MESSAGES: Prioritisation of catchment management projects using cost-effectiveness can increase the outcome several fold A clear quantifiable objective is critical to making wise investment decisions A graphic display of cost-effectiveness helps to evaluate trends and aids in decision making If you […]
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 […]
Accounting for the interactions between management actions Key messages threatened species face multiple threats that need managing effective management requires a consideration of how management actions for different threats might act together considering management interactions when choosing conservation priorities is not common Threatened plants and animals often face multiple threats, each of which require different […]
Aussie inverts desperately in need of a bit of protection When Thomas Huxley – Darwin’s ‘bulldog’ and greatest advocate – searched for an animal on which to base his Introduction to Zoology (1880), he naturally settled on the humble crayfish. In his own words, he wanted to show how “the careful study of one of […]
Coming to terms with amphibian chytrid fungus in Australia’s High Country Frogs are in trouble. A third of all frog species are threatened with extinction. The usual culprits of habitat loss and climate change are at work, but another more insidious threat looms. A devastating disease called chytridiomycosis has been wiping out frogs, often from […]
The implications of imperfect detectability can be particularly severe when we are considering the potential impacts of development on a threatened species.
Where east meets west, where best to invest? For species that are increasingly threatened by the combined effects of habitat loss and climate change, we need to identify priority regions where we should be focussing our conservation efforts. In the case of specialist leaf-eaters, considering the effects of climate change on the distributions of their […]
NERP Environmental Decisions is working closely with the Strategic Approaches Branch (Department of the Environment) to apply state-of-the-art decision analysis to guard against cumulative impacts on threatened species and ecological communities (as listed under the EPBC Act).
Australia’s commitment to preserving its native plant biodiversity is shown by its domestic policy goals and by the international agreements Australia has entered into. While the protection and enhancement of the habitat of native species (sometimes called in situ conservation) is obviously a priority, it is also recognised that ex situ conservation may be necessary to prevent the extinction of some species.