Achieving the targets of global conventions

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Achieving the targets of global conventions

A special issue of Conservation Letters In December 2016, Conservation Letters released its first special issue with the theme of ‘Achieving the targets of global biodiversity conventions’. The issue was spearheaded by members of CEED and the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science (CBCS), specifically Moreno Di Marco, James Watson, Oscar Venter, and Hugh Possingham […]

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The women of Homeward Bound on route to Antarctica.

To Antarctica and back

Justine & Nancy are Homeward Bound Two CEED scientists, Dr Justine Shaw and Dr Nancy Auerbach, recently took part in the inaugural program of Homeward Bound, a pioneering leadership, strategy and science initiative for women, set against the backdrop of Antarctica. Homeward Bound acknowledges the effects that climate change and anthropogenic alterations are having on […]

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Bishan Park, a great example of innovative urban planning in Singapore. (Photo by National Parks Board, Singapore).

Building bridges to the island city-state

CEED and the National University of Singapore Singapore is an important regional centre for biodiversity and conservation science. In recent years CEED has established many collaborations with researchers at the country’s national university – the National University of Singapore (NUS). These growing links are proving mutually beneficial to both countries as well as advancing environmental […]

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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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A biodiversity offset accounting system

Improving the estimation of ecological equivalence within offset exchanges Key messages: Ecologically robust, user-friendly decision support tools improve the transparency of biodiversity offsetting and assist in the decision making process We developed a disaggregated accounting model to balance biodiversity trades within a ‘no-net-loss’ framework The model improves on other models that use aggregated metrics by […]

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Using fire to promote wildlife conservation

Understanding how pyrodiversity begets biodiversity Key messages: Pyrodiversity describes the variation in the time between fires, their severity, size and patchiness New work is advancing our knowledge of the connection between pyrodiversity and biodiversity but there is a need to further develop approaches that are better tailored to local conditions All around the world fire […]

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One dog’s fun is another bird’s terror. Repeated disturbance by dogs can stress and even kill shorebirds. (Photo by Kiran Dhanjal-Adams)

Using maths to decide when to put dogs on leashes

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 […]

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On reflection

CEED really has made its mark Environmental decision science is now a ‘thing’ and CEED and its related networks and partnerships can justifiably (and proudly) claim a lion share of the credit in raising the profile of this rapidly emerging field of conservation science. Back in the 1990s, statistical ecology in Australia was strong, but […]

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Happy 100th!

David Lindenmayer often talks about the challenge of running a Long-Term-Ecological-Research site over multiple decades when research money is only handed out in ad-hoc, short-term lumps. Indeed, the challenge of running a long-term project in an increasingly short-term world is enormous. Which is my way of saying happy hundredth issue of Decision Point! Who’d have […]

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