Kerrie Wilson takes smart decisions to ANU

Twice a year the Fenner School of Environment and Society (FSES) invites outstanding mid-career scholars working in the environment space to deliver a guest lecture and participate in a panel discussion.

In August, that invited scholar was CEED’s Director, Professor Kerrie Wilson, who used the occasion to discuss her lab’s work on structured decision making and how to develop smart decisions for the environment.

In her talk, Kerrie described examples of best practice restoration planning and prioritization approaches involving formal processes of objective setting involving stakeholder groups with varying values and priorities.

Following the presentation, Kerrie fielded questions from an expert panel consisting of Dr Rosie Cooney (IUCN, specialises in illegal trade of wildlife), Associate Professor Phil Gibbons (FSES, working on native vegetation laws and biodiversity offsets policy), and Dr Virginia Marshall (FSES, Inaugural Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow working on cultural river flows and Indigenous law).

The panel answered a broad range of questions from the audience about how policy, management and research can move closer to incorporating structured decision making into standard practice.

Offsetting impacts from palm oil a costly opportunity

Industrial oil-palm plantations now cover vast tracts of the tropics. The process of clearing forests to make way for these plantations has released huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and reduced the biological diversity in the areas that are now plantations. 

Could these impacts be reversed or somehow compensated for a reasonable price?

Read more: Offsetting impacts from palm oil a costly opportunity

Sanctuary in the City

Zealandia conservation and research manager Danielle Shanahan explains the multiple values of the sanctuary and reflects on the importance of her time with CEED in navigating the complex challenges of a 225-hectare conservation park.

Read more: Sanctuary in the City

Marine protected areas often expensive and misplaced

Many marine protected areas are often unnecessarily expensive and located in the wrong places, an international study has shown.

The University of Queensland was part of research which found protected areas missed many unique ecosystems, and have a greater impact on fisheries than necessary.

A collaboration with the University of Hamburg, Wildlife Conservation Society and The Nature Conservancy assessed the efficiency of marine protected areas, which now cover 16 per cent of national waters around the world.

Read more: Marine protected areas often expensive and misplaced

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