Ecosystem services and land use policy

Ecosystem services and land use policy

A NERP ED Workshop (Brisbane, March 2013): Our managed landscapes provide us with many important ecosystem services such as the regulation of sediment transportation and the biological control of agricultural pests. These services, however, often go unquantified and even unacknowledged in policy. Can an ecosystem services approach help to increase the sustainability of land-use practices?

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Understanding the network makes for a better plan

Learning about social networks for effective biodiversity conservation: Conservation has as much to do with people as it does with nature. So why is it that when we plan for conservation most of our attention goes towards understanding the biological and ecological aspects of the system we’re trying to protect. We seldom ask: who are the key actors (individuals, […]

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Evidence and the conservation manager

What evidence does a manager need? It’s often said that there’s a gap between conservation science and conservation management, that the work of conservation researchers either isn’t reaching managers or isn’t addressing the issues most relevant to managers. In the hope of generating new perspectives on this problem, we decided to ask park managers about the information they need to […]

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The people and the park

The importance of local communities to the effectiveness of protected areas Protected areas have been part of the conservation landscape for over 150 years. Acknowledging the role of local communities in the management of these areas, however, is a much more recent thing. Just how important is that relationship? Our research is showing that in developing countries the level […]

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Conservation and the triple bottom line

Incorporating equity into conservation planning These days there’s a lot of talk about achieving triple-bottom-line outcomes. By that it’s meant that new developments have to produce good economic, environmental and social outcomes. Indeed, it’s usually implied it’s about maximising returns in all three areas – sort of aiming for win-win-win. But a recent analysis we undertook on incorporating social equity […]

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Grieving for the past, hoping for the future

Reflections on the emotional dimension behind conservation science Richard Hobbs is stepping down as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Restoration Ecology. After 10 years at the helm, he’s engaged with the whole spectrum of ideas that underpin the field of restoration ecology. It’s been an exciting and fulfilling time but he has often been surprised by the intensity and discord […]

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