Perceptions and reality in ecological restoration and use of seasonal weather forecasting

The need to restore the world’s ecosystems and landscapes to protect biodiversity and vital ecosystem services has resulted in significant international commitments over the last decade, and governments and non-government organisations are now looking at ways to scale up restoration efforts. Restoring native vegetation has a wide variety of outcomes from successes to failures and…

No data? No worries! Using social media to identify inequality in access to nature’s benefits in Chile

Experiencing nature with a visit to a natural park provides important cultural ecosystem services that can potentially improve pro-environmental behaviours and attitudes. So, understanding the accessibility of protected areas and the way in which different visitors interact with them is a key factor in reducing inequality in access and help inform management and planning of…

Re: Brazil to create marine reserves

In March 2018, Brazil has announced the creation of two new large marine protected areas (MPAs) that cover an impressive 92 million ha. The announcement, made during the 8th World Water Forum, takes the protected area in Brazil from a mere 1.5% to 25% of its Exclusive Economic Zone. This has won considerable plaudits in the…

Ivory crisis solutions. Can we fake it to make it?

Ivory poaching in Africa has been driven by demand from Asia with increasing number of wealthy consumers and investors. As the ivory usage is deeply rooted in Asian tradition, it is unlikely to decrease the demand by attempts to alter consumers’ preferences. In order to stop poaching we need to change mental models like Biggs…

How Just, and Just How?

It’s a long-standing ambition, for society to reach some sort of just and equitable ideal. What that means in practice differs, depending on the time, place, and people involved. But it does seem that meeting basic human rights and needs and the notion of ‘fairness’ are prevalent across discussions of social justice and equity. Things…

Latest study says land clearing policy shouldn’t take a ‘one size fits all’ approach

On the heels of fiery debate in Queensland regarding proposed changes to land clearing legislation in Parliament, researchers in the Wilson Lab have published a new study describing how land clearing patterns have changed alongside considerable fluctuations in the Vegetation Management Act. “Overall, landholders across Queensland have continued to select clearing locations that may be…

Hands-on experience prompts new actions for reef citizen scientists

 The benefits of increasingly popular citizen science programs extend well beyond helping researchers to collect data, a study has shown. University of Queensland researchers, working with organisations in the Reef Citizen Science Alliance, found that more than half the people attending a citizen science event were likely to adopt new actions to help reefs. Dr Angela…

UQ, NUS and NParks meet in Singapore to strengthen collaborative ties

Researchers from UQ, the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), the National University of Singapore (NUS), and staff from the Singapore National Parks Board (NParks), met in Singapore on February 8-9 2018 with an aim to strengthen the collaborative links in conservation science between these institutions. Scientists and managers from NUS…