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Where’s the Evidence for Adaptive Management?

By Martin Westgate

Everyone talks about how important adaptive management is but few are actually doing it.

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All for One and One for All

By Shaun Coutts

Human behaviour plays an enormous role in the spread or control of invasive weeds.

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A New List to Frame Biodiversity Conservation

By David Salt

A new IUCN Red List promises to enlarge the debate on declining biodiversity to include ecosystems.

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Grieving for the Past, Hoping for the Future

By Richard Hobbs

Many conservation scientists may be suffering from grief over the loss of species and habitats. If this is true, can an understanding of the grieving process be useful?

Richard Hobbs is a researcher with the Environmental Decisions Group. He is based at the University of Western Australia.

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Tall or Sprawl?

By Jessica Sushinksy

How should we grow Australia’s cities to minimise their biodiversity impacts?

Jessica Sushinksy is a researcher with the Environmental Decisions Group (www.edg.org.au). This research was carried out while she was based at the University of Queensland.

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The Value of More Information for Managing Koalas

By Sean Maxwell

Thinking like a multi-billion dollar mining magnate may help us better manage koalas.

Sean Maxwell is a researcher with the Environmental Decisions Group. He is based at the University of Queensland.

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The Resilience of the Reef (and Reef Tourism)

By Duan Biggs

The lifestyle values of reef tourism companies contribute to the resilience of those companies and to better conservation outcomes for the Reef itself.

Duan Biggs is a researcher with the Environmental Decisions Group, and is based at the University of Queensland. This research was done with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

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Fall of the Leviathans

By David Salt

Three of the world’s top forestry ecologists have warned that the planet’s stock of large, old trees is experiencing an accelerating decline.

David Salt is a researcher with the Environmental Decisions Group at the Australian National University.

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Cooperation and Conflict in Conservation

By Michael Bode

Different groups are all “fighting” for the environment, but each group does it in its own way and with its own specific priorities – sometimes leading to negative conservation outcomes.

Systematic conservation planning is the absolute best-practice approach to conserving biodiversity in a large landscape. We create maps that highlight the distribution of our favourite conservation features – be they threatened species, vulnerable habitats, ecosystem services, or all of the above – and then we use these data to decide which locations are the most valuable. The result is a priority map: a chart of where our limited resources will do the most good for conservation.

Are Two Fences Better Than One?

By Kate Helmstedt

Conservation fences are very effective in allowing threatened animals to breed, but when the population grows too much, managers must decide between extending the existing fence or building a new enclosure.

Kate Helmstedt is a researcher with the Environmental Decisions Group. She is based at the University of Queensland.

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