Frog SPOM can guide management

Frog SPOM can guide management

Population viability analysis (PVA) is used to quantify the risks faced by species under alternative management regimes. Bayesian PVAs allow uncertainty in the parameters of the underlying population model to be incorporated into the predictions. Geoff Heard and colleagues have developed a Bayesian stochastic patch occupancy model (SPOM) and used this model to assess the […]

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Biodiversity in a REDD+ world

There’s a new kid in town – it’s the carbon payment mechanism termed REDD+, and it’s operating at a scale that could fundamentally change conservation in the tropics. REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (plus the conservation, sustainable management and enhancement of forest carbon stocks). Early commitments to the scheme total […]

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Decisions under climate change

Luke Shoo and colleagues provide a decision framework for the full complement of actions aimed at conserving species under climate change. These actions range from ongoing conservation in existing refugia through to things we can do outside of the natural environment. The researchers recognize that the allocation of resources is not just about the perceived […]

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That’s novel

A new text on novel ecosystems Land conversion, climate change and species invasions are contributing to the widespread emergence of novel ecosystems. Dealing with them demands a shift in how we think about traditional approaches to conservation, restoration and environmental management. These systems are novel because they exist without historical precedents and are self-sustaining. Traditional […]

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An international affair

CEED and its many international linkages The problem of conserving biodiversity with inadequate resources is a problem everywhere. It’s not restricted to Australia. While the operations of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) are largely based in Australia, both our science network and the impacts of our research are truly international. Our […]

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Tackling the moving-target problem

Using biodiversity offsets to capture moving conservation targets How do we conserve something when it won’t stand still? It’s a question we are only just beginning to grapple with in conservation science. Fixed protected areas are an example of a classic conservation tool, but traditional interventions like these can be ineffective for ‘moving targets’: for […]

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