Conservation Beyond Crisis Management: A Conservation-Matrix Model

Conservation Beyond Crisis Management: A Conservation-Matrix Model

In many regions of the world, failure to plan effectively for conservation of biological diversity has led to irretrievable losses of ecosystem structure and function or, at least, a need for expensive and risky restoration efforts. In relatively intact systems, planning pro-actively for biological conservation requires a systems approach that integrates the fields of conservation biology and resource management. We evaluate current conservation paradigms and describe an alternative, Conservation-matrix model for regional conservation that exploits the strengths of systematic conservation planning and adaptive resource management. We explore application of this model for boreal regions of Canada, where opportunities for large-scale conservation are virtually unparalleled.  Continue reading > F.K.A. Schmiegelow1, S.G. Cumming2, S. Harrison1, S. Leroux1, K. Lisgo1, R. Noss3, and B. Olsen1 1Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Canada, T6G 2H1 2Boreal Ecosystems Research Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6H 2W1 3Department of Biology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA...
Connecting Biodiversity and Climate Change

Connecting Biodiversity and Climate Change

The Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat has produced a number of documents about biodiversity and climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) deliberations. These and other recent publications by the CBD are available  for download, including a summary of CBD events at UNFCCC COP15. See the publications by the Convention on Biological Diversity...
IUCN Protected Area Categories

IUCN Protected Area Categories

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) defined a protected area as: “A clearly defined geographical space, recognized, dedicated and managed, through legal or other effective means, to achieve the long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values”.  In the IUCN Guidelines for Applying Protected Areas Management Categories, six major categories of protected areas are defined: I Strict protection [Ia) Strict nature reserve and Ib) Wilderness area] II Ecosystem conservation and protection (i.e., National park) III Conservation of natural features (i.e., Natural monument) IV Conservation through active management (i.e., Habitat/species management area) V Landscape/seascape conservation and recreation (i.e., Protected landscape/seascape) VI Sustainable use of natural resources (i.e., Managed resource protected area) Read the full Protected Area Category Guidelines...
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