How does the world of conservation set its priorities? BBC Shared Planet reports from Qatar and the effort being spent to save the Spix Macaw from extinction in captivity. Occasionally, when the battle to save a species from extinction has almost been lost, the only alternative is to catch the remaining individuals to be kept safe and bred in captivity with no certainly of ever being returned to the wild...read more
On BBC Radio's Shared Planet, Monty Don speaks to Nigel Collar and Hugh Possingham.
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About half of the world’s tropical forests have suffered some form of clearing, mostly for conversion to agricultural land. This has generated significant carbon emissions, depleted important ecosystem services (such as flood mitigation) and threatened global biodiversity. Natural forest regeneration following retirement of agricultural land will help to reverse these declines.
This fact sheet discusses the nature of regrowth in rainforest landscapes, its pathways of development, associated uncertainties, and how it could be harnessed in conservation efforts.
Read the factsheet
Earlier in 2014 we ran a competition for our researchers to produce videos related to their work. The judging has finished and the results are ...
First place - Pine Fiction by Alessio Mortelliti & Christina Thwaites from the Australian National University.
Second place - Now you See it, Now you don't by Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita & José J. Lahoz-Monfort from the University of Melbourne.
Congratulations to the winners and to all the entrants who did a fantastic job. All the entries can be viewed HERE, along with other YouTube movies from the NERP Channel.
The NSW Environment Minister the Hon Robyn Parker MP, has announced the launch of the Saving our Species Program, to provide a coherant framework for the conservation of threatened species. This policy innovation is based on NERP and CEED research, in particular Joseph et al (2009). A general explanation can be seen in this Sydney Morning Herald article.
The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is seeking public comment on the PAS amendments by Friday 14 February 2013 and these amendments are available on the Saving our Species website.
We've created a new way to run Marxan using R Studio Server, R Shiny Server, compute clusters and cloud technologies.
Marxan acknowledges funding from the NeCTAR project as well as through the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF). Nectar is an Australian Government project conducted as part of the Super Science initiative and financed by the Education Investment Fund.