The conservation property guide

Increasing the amount of private land permanently protected for biodiversity, through agreements like conservation covenants, are an essential part of conservation policies around the world. 

But finding sustainable ways to increase the total amount of privately protected land is challenging.

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Marine reserves under too much pressure to function correctly

A new study has found marine reserves near heavily polluted areas are largely unable to do their job of protecting marine biodiversity - but are still considered vast improvements compared to having no protection.

Researchers from more than 30 organisations, including CEED, undertook the massive study of almost 1800 tropical coral reefs around the world, examining different conservation strategies.

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The fuzzy approach to complex problems

Animals interact in complex ways and form interconnected ecosystems. Even small changes to those complex systems could have potentially devastating consequences to the entire environmental system.

Because of this, predicting outcomes of conservation management actions can be challenging – even more so with poor data.

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The missed opportunity in climate change adaption

 Cities around the world are spending billions on climate change resilience, but biodiversity conservation opportunities are being missed in most of the plans. Click below to find out more.

The missed opportunity in climate change adaption

Crowdfunding supports biodiversity conservation around the world

SCI crowdfunding Tarkine compressedCrowdfunding is helping to protect endangered species such as the African elephant, the black rhinoceros and the Bornean orangutan.

A University of Queensland-led study has revealed the practice is funding conservation worldwide, including in countries with high global conservation priorities, such as Indonesia and Costa Rica.

Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions PhD researcher Eduardo Gallo-Cajiao said crowdfunding had harnessed the power of the internet to magnify the power of public appeals.  

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Improving private land conservation

MorguefileCC DianneHope AustraliaFarmCountryside ed3In the new issue of Journal of Applied Ecology, our researchers share their findings on which outcome-based payment methods used in private land conservation were most successful in benefiting biodiversity. The team, led by Dr Jane McDonald, compared different outcome-based payment methods. They found that biodiversity outcomes were highly dependent on the payment method used, with some outperforming others.

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