Decision science & conservation at Zealandia Dr Danielle Shanahan is Manager of Conservation & Research at Zealandia, a 225 ha wildlife sanctuary that lies in the centre of New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington. It’s not a zoo or a museum but a world-first experiment on how to combine effective restoration and threatened species management […]
Sanctuary in the City
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 […]
Good decisions under high uncertainty Key messages: We linked a PVA with a CEA to determine which actions would best help the growling grass frog persist in a development zone Our approach allows uncertainty in species persistence to be explicitly accounted for in the CEA of different actions This analysis found that simply reserving core […]
Wildlife gardening for public–private biodiversity conservation Key messages: Five features help collaborative wildlife gardening programs engage residents to manage their land to achieve landscape-focused conservation goals: on-site garden assessment indigenous community nursery communication hubs a framework that fosters experiential learning and community linkages endorsement of each garden’s potential conservation contribution Involving communities in appreciating […]
Impacts of reveg and weed control on urban-sensitive birds Key messages: Birds with varying sensitivities to urban areas interact with habitat restoration differently Reveg provides the greatest benefit for urban-sensitive species, and weed control provides neutral or in some cases negative outcomes Weed control should be implemented in concert with replanting of native vegetation to […]
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 […]
Southeast Queensland’s waterways provide over $10 billion annually in economic benefits through drinking water supply, fishing, tourism, and recreation. But these goods and services are under threat from intensive agricultural, urban development and climate change.
It’s widely acknowledged that a ‘dose of nature’ is good for us but how much is enough to generate positive outcomes? We recently analysed people’s health outcomes resulting from an exposure to green spaces and nature and found it didn’t take much to create enduring benefits.
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 […]
Australian cities must work harder to preserve their large, old trees if we want to keep our native animals. Across Australia – and the world – the future of large old trees is bleak and yet large trees support many species such as birds and small mammals says CEED researcher Darren Le Roux. “Studies based […]
Managing the impacts of urban development on large trees How green is my backyard? Three quarters of Australia’s population lives in urban areas so for most of us our ‘backyard’ is an urban space. And most of our urban spaces aren’t that wildlife friendly. In a study we undertook in Canberra (Le Roux et al., […]
Knowing there is a problem and doing something about it can sometimes be entirely different things. Koalas, while much beloved by the Australian public, have been in steady decline for at least the last decade. A combination of threats like habitat loss and modification, car collisions and dog attacks, led to the koala being listed under the EPBC Act in 2012. Increasingly, more councils (and Local Government Areas) are drafting and implementing local koala management plans and developing strategies to combat losses and aid in population recovery. However, in order for these conservation goals to be effective, members of the general public must be willing to adopt the suggested actions and incorporate them into their everyday routine. How feasible is this when such a large gap exists between peoples’ intent to conserve and their actual conservation behavior? What might influence those decisions?