Impact of a large wildfire

Impact of a large wildfire

Management guidelines for many fire-prone ecosystems highlight the importance of maintaining a variable mosaic of fire histories for biodiversity conservation. Managers are encouraged to aim for fire mosaics that include all successional states of vegetation, and also include variation in the underlying ‘invisible mosaic’ of past fire frequencies, severities, and fire-return intervals. But how should […]

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Movers and stayers in a changing environment

Richard Hobbs, Leonie Valentine and colleagues believe we should be paying increased attention to species movement in response to environmental change (Hobbs et al, 2017). In particular we need to consider changes in species distributions and altered biological assemblages. Such changes are well known from paleoecological studies, but have accelerated with ongoing pervasive human influence. […]

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Monitoring for diseased devils

CEED researchers from the Universities of Melbourne and Queensland working with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program have developed a user-friendly model to help managers decide whether an area is free from devil facial tumor disease. Led by Tracy Rout, the researchers modelled the removal of a diseased Tasmanian devil population from Forestier Peninsula (Tasmania), […]

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One species that has bounced back relatively well after whaling stopped in the late 20th century is the humpback (pictured here). The same has not occurred for several other species.  (Photo by Diego Cotterle

Whale story

Modelling the future of Earth’s titans During the 1900s, many whales were commercially harvested almost to extinction. Amongst the most impacted were the larger baleen whales, those species with comb-like baleen plates used to strain the water for food (such as krill and small fish). In 1983 the International Whaling Commission decreed a moratorium on […]

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Conservation and the Village Forest

Do community forests reduce deforestation? Community forest management has been identified as a win-win option for reducing rates of deforestation while also improving the welfare of rural communities in developing countries. But is it delivering the hoped for benefits? Despite considerable investment around the world in community forestry, there is a lack of systematic evaluation […]

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Prioritising environmental investments

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 […]

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‘Thank you for visiting Chitwan National Park’. We hope you enjoyed your visit and are aware that your entrance fee is funding valuable conservation work and supporting the local communities.  (Photo by Ram Pandit)

Valuing access to national parks in Nepal

Funding parks, communities and conservation in a developing country KEY MESSAGES: We estimated visitors’ willingness-to-pay (WTP) fee to access Chitwan National Park We found that visitors’ average WTP is substantially higher (>2.5 times) than the current entry fee This evidence led to an immediate policy change by the Nepalese Government resulting in a significant increase […]

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Most of the developmental impact on the Great Western Woodlands is in the form of linear infrastructure such as roads and tracks. The region is criss-crossed by around 150,000 km of them, half of which don’t appear on maps. (Photo by Keren Raiter)

Lines in the sand

Quantifying the cumulative development footprint in the Great Western Woodlands KEY MESSAGES: We digitised anthropogenic disturbances in the Great Western Woodlands to estimate the cumulative development footprint We discovered that the majority of the development footprint in the region consists of roads, tracks, and other linear infrastructure (an estimated 150,000 km exists in the region; […]

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Planning for an expanding ice-free Antarctica

Challenge and opportunity as climate change impacts the icy continent KEY MESSAGES: Antarctica is being impacted by climate change, invasive species and an expanding human footprint Ice-free areas, home to nearly all Antarctic terrestrial biodiversity, are projected to dramatically expand by 2100 with potentially severe consequences for native species There is no better time than […]

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A 'good' decision is a 'fair' decision

A ‘good’ decision is a ‘fair’ decision

Tips on incorporating equity into decision-making KEY MESSAGES: Improving social equity is important to good environmental outcomes What constitutes equitable outcomes and processes is highly normative and subject to ethical deliberation We encourage a more analytical incorporation of equity into conservation decision making (and provide a guide on how this might be done) There are […]

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Australia is a world leader in environmental research. That’s partly because our circumstances are unique, and partly because the Australian community invests in the science that helps us understand our corner of the planet. (Image by NASA)

CEED’s science has bite

Australia does well when it comes to environmental research The QS World University Rankings website sets out which universities around the world are excelling in different areas. Under ‘environmental sciences’ in 2017, Australia’s top university is The University of Queensland coming in at number 9. The University of Melbourne sits at number 18 with the […]

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Impact in a changing world

What are the strange lines in this image? The photo is an aerial view of a section of the Great Western Woodland – the largest remaining temperate woodland on the planet (the stippled pattern is actually trees). You’ll find it in south-western WA. The lines are tracks to facilitate minerals exploration. CEED researcher Keren Raiter […]

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