Testing The Utility Of Habitat Models In Making Conservation Planning Decisions

Grant number: DP0209303

Abstract

Habitat models are used in conservation decisions. The aim of this project is to develop a system for assessing models that explicitly tests and demonstrates the link between model reliability and planning outcome. This research is significant because it will explore the importance of a suite of implicit assumptions that underlie current approaches to conservation planning in Australia and internationally. The results of this research will provide natural resource managers and planners with a protocol for evaluating the reliability of the habitat maps at their disposal, and their utility in supporting decisions involving the allocation of land to different uses.