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.

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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.

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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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