A novel way to reduce global extinction risk of mammals

A novel way to reduce global extinction risk of mammals

A quarter of the world’s mammal species are currently threatened with extinction. Conservation managers have a limited budget to save them, so adopting an efficient conservation strategy is crucial. Previous approaches to setting global conservation priorities have assumed all species to have an equal conservation value, or have focused on species with high extinction risk. Often these species may be […]

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A predictive model of bird dispersal

The use of Bayesian statistical methods is becoming increasingly popular in ecology. A key feature of these methods is that they can use prior information when modelling systems and making predictions. Prior information is usually incorporated into the modelling process in the form of a probability density function, which may be estimated from existing data or through expert elicitation. While […]

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Conserving biodiversity in mixed landscapes in East Kalimantan

Most conservation planning exercises up till now assume that land is either protected or unprotected and that the unprotected portion does not contribute to conservation goals. Of course, that’s not true as the unprotected land usually has some conservation value. The analysis presented in this study develops and applies a new planning approach that explicitly accounts for the contribution of […]

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Decision making in a partially observable world

Do conservation managers really need to be good at counting? How do you manage a population of sea otters that you can’t count properly? It’s a problem that goes way beyond sea otters. Managing populations of endangered species often means making decisions and taking actions in a world of uncertainty. There are different sources of uncertainty, but one […]

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A new way to measure the value of protected areas

The Gini is out of the bottle Protected areas are an important part of every country’s effort to halt declines in biodiversity. Indeed, as signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity, most countries have committed to expanding their reserve system to help achieve the goal of reducing the rate of biodiversity loss. But is simply making more reserves achieving better […]

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Cloud burst

Climate change will devastate the world’s cloud forests Cloud forests, as the name suggests, are evergreen moist forests characterised by a persistent low-level cloud or fog, usually present at the level of the tree canopy. They only occur within a narrow range of altitudes and contain a highly specialised suite of species dependent on montane topography and cloud-related  icroclimates. […]

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So, you think you’re an expert?

Who’s an expert & what is expert knowledge? We rely on it to develop hypotheses, design experiments, analyse data and inform decisions. But rarely are we explicit about how it is captured and used. We’re talking about expert knowledge. In all aspects of conservation science and practice, the use of expert knowledge is growing. This increased reliance is driven […]

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A modular approach to REDD+

Managing complex issues: how complex does policy have to be Big environmental problems are almost by definition complex because dealing with them involves multiple interacting dimensions of ecology and society. The REDD+ agreement is a good example of this. REDD+ stands for Reduced Emissions from avoided Deforestation, forest Degradation and other forest related activities in developing countries (see box). It’s […]

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A corridor to where?

Connectivity conservation & the National Wildlife Corridors Plan In a relatively short period of time, ‘connectivity conservation’ initiatives popped up across the continent and the Federal Government just released a draft National Wildlife Corridor Plan (NWCP). If ‘connectivity conservation’ is the new black, what is it and why should we pay attention? Connectivity conservation combines a focus on the […]

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