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CRPR-LEEP Seminar: Stakeholders' perspectives on species management, prioritising actions to preserve our biodiversity

Hernan Caceres will present on stakeholders' perspectives for preserving biodiversity

The Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP) seminar
Date16 January 2018
Time11:30 to 12:30
PlaceBuilding:One Syndicate Room C

Hernan Caceres is a Veterinarian and PhD candidate from Chile. He is in his last year of PhD in the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science at The University of Queensland. His research focus is on species management on island ecosystems.

Hernan is currently working on the development and implementation of management actions to control the impacts caused by invasive terrestrial mammals on threatened species. To do so, he is using a different array of modelling and participatory-management techniques that will better inform decision-makers the ecosystem outcomes of island-wide eradication attempts.


Abstract

While it is well-known that incorporating the perspectives and preferences of communities may lead to better conservation outcomes (i.e. long-term commitments, active participation, etc.), it is not a common practice. The literature describes several techniques to engage with the private sector, government agencies, and communities in conservation planning, but these are not applied mostly due to the challenges of achieving consensus (e.g. timeframe, existing plans, and clashing objectives). The prevalent practice often involves an individual assessment, and then to await for managers to make decisions.

In this project, we identified and incorporated the various perspectives and preferences of different stakeholders in Minjerribah-North Stradbroke Island (QLD, Australia), regarding the conservation of threatened, and culturally relevant species that are being impacted by 2 of the most successful invasive alien species in Australia: feral cats (Felis catus) and red foxes (Vulpes vulpes). We assessed the priorities and perceptions of multiple stakeholders from community groups, the private sector, and government agencies, in a spatially and temporally-explicit way.

This approach reduces the gap between practitioners, the private sector, and community groups, by encouraging involvement and long-term commitment. It provides a platform for better understanding between participants, reduces management uncertainties, and facilitates the development of a unified management plan for culturally relevant, threatened, and invasive alien species in highly-vulnerable environments such as islands.

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