Research project: Conservation planning for key biodiversity regions, including Papua New Guinea and eastern Australia


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Museum investigators

External investigators

  • Kristen Williams, CSIRO
  • Simon Ferrier, CSIRO

Funded by

  • Australian Research Council network grant (ARC), WWF


Few people think that we can achieve the 2010 biodiversity target of a significant reduction in the current rate of biodiversity loss. But implementing systematic conservation planning, in regions where it has not been applied, can reduce the rate of biodiversity loss.

Recent investigations include:

  1. Identifying sites for multi-taxa surveys in Papua New Guinea: an application of Survey Gap Analysis
  2. Defining and identifying "key biodiversity areas"
  3. Development of novel methods, such as those based on species-area curves, to move beyond simple target-setting for biodiversity conservation
  4. 2010 target analyses in Milne Bay Province - the biodiversity target for 2010 is a significant reduction in the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national levels. A reduced rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 is possible, based on the core idea of systematic conservation planning (SCP).

Dr Dan Faith , Principal Research Scientist
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