IN 2016-2017 our small team (Fiona, Ann and Greg) in conjunction with staff from PNG’s Conservation and Environment Protection Agency conducted an evaluation of all the protected areas in the country. We worked for SPREP (Secretariat of the Pactific Regional Environment Council) and UNDP, with funding from the Global Environment Fund. Whew enough acronyms! Thanks also to all the wonderful people who gave freely of their time to come to workshops. The final report can be downloaded here.PNGPA-final-130318-lo
Fires have spread beyond plantations deep into primary forests and national parks, the last strongholds of the endangered apes Source: Indonesia’s forest fires threaten a third of world’s wild orangutans | Environment | The Guardian
Delighted to see that the policy we developed with UNDP, PNG’s protected area agency (now CEPA) and many stakeholders was passed by the Exective Council. Now the hard work of turning it into laws and making it effective is beginning! WE hope it does some good for conservation in this fantastic country, and for the well-being of the woderful communities, some of whom walked all day to attend Ann and Greg’s workshops.
Fiona, MArc and some 200 other authors have combined to contribute to an ebook on protected area management. It is free to download – see the ANU website to download Protected Area Governance and Management presents a compendium of original text, case studies and examples from across the world, by drawing on the literature, and on the knowledge and experience of those involved in protected areas. The book synthesises current knowledge and cutting-edge thinking from the diverse branches of practice and…
A paper published in the latest edition of Parks featured authors from the Protected Area Solutions team working alongside our colleagues at WCMC and WWF, Congratulations especially to K and Lauren for pulling it together in a tight deadline http://parksjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/PARKS-20.2-Knights-et-al-10.2305IUCN.CH_.2014.PARKS-20-2.KK_.en_.pdf
PLOS ONE: Local Scale Comparisons of Biodiversity as a Test for Global Protected Area Ecological Performance: A Meta-Analysis. Coetzee, BW, Gaston, KJ, Chown, SL. Published: August 27, 2014. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0105824 Terrestrial protected areas (PAs) are cornerstones of global biodiversity conservation. Their efficacy in terms of maintaining biodiversity is, however, much debated. Studies to date have been unable to provide a general answer as to PA conservation efficacy because of their typically restricted geographic and/or taxonomic focus, or qualitative approaches…
Andrea together with our associates Ann and Greg Peterson flew up to Port Moresby today and will spend the week there meeting with UNDP and senior government officials. We are kicking off our contract to assist PNG finalise their protected area policy. Ann and Greg will be conducting four regional workshops to get some more input from stakeholders. It’s been a flurry of activity getting everything organised, with Fiona and Melitta also banging the keyboards into the night.
Conservation: Relaxed laws imperil Australian wildlife : Nature : Nature Publishing Group. Conservation: Relaxed laws imperil Australian wildlife Euan G. Ritchie published in Nature 498, 434 (27 June 2013) doi:10.1038/498434d Published online 26 June 2013 Policy and legislative changes by Australia’s state governments are eroding the vital protection of the country’s unique biodiversity. Reserves are being opened up to ecologically disruptive activities, such as grazing by domestic livestock, logging, mining, recreational hunting and fishing, and commercial development. Protected habitats on…