The effectiveness of surrogate species

The effectiveness of surrogate species

Since conservation practitioners do not have enough funds to conserve all places and all species, they must prioritise where to put their limited resources to work. Setting these priorities requires information about the distribution of species and ecosystems, however our knowledge of Earth’s biodiversity is poor, with approximately 86% of land species and 91% of […]

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Allocating ranger patrol effort

Using conservation planning tools Ranger patrolling is one of the key tools used by conservation managers, particularly in tropical countries, to ensure law enforcement occurs in protected areas and that poaching is minimized. Several recent assessments of the effectiveness of protected areas have shown that supporting law enforcement at a site is one of the […]

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Managing across the land-sea divide is never easy

But a Fiji case study shows it is possible Most managers understand how ‘downstream’ ecosystems such as coral reefs can be impacted by activities on the land. Forestry and agriculture, for example, can increase runoff, turbidity, nutrients and chemicals, all of which can have adverse impacts on coral ecosystems. Yet, despite this appreciation, there are […]

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Making more of our MPAs

Zone effectiveness and connecting land and sea The aim of my research has been to provide decision-support information that can be used in conjunction with local community expertise when developing conservation plans. The testing ground for my ideas has been Fiji, with the specific projects I ended up working on being heavily influenced by discussions […]

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Measuring socio-ecological vulnerability in PNG

  Integrating adaptive capacity and climate modelling Human societies, species and ecosystems across Papua New Guinea (PNG) are already feeling the effects of climate change. Consequently, addressing the impacts of climate change is becoming an urgent priority for central and provincial governments, NGOs and local communities. One way to address these impacts is by first […]

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Assessing vulnerability and adaptability

Cost-effective conservation incorporates the human dimension Until now, most planning assessments of how future climate change will affect our land and seascapes have been incomplete as they haven’t properly factored in how those landscapes have already been modified by human activities, such as land clearing. Too often, assessments that have been done on future climate […]

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Bridging the science-implementation gap

Engaging with conservation NGOs can make the difference As most governments struggle to achieve conservation outcomes when budgets are small, there has been a considerable (though often overlooked) response by the wider community. The substantial growth in the number and size of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) focused on conservation over the past few years is testament […]

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