Journal article

Setting conservation management thresholds using a novel participatory modeling approach

PFE Addison, K de Bie, L Rumpff

CONSERVATION BIOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2015

Abstract

We devised a participatory modeling approach for setting management thresholds that show when management intervention is required to address undesirable ecosystem changes. This approach was designed to be used when management thresholds: must be set for environmental indicators in the face of multiple competing objectives; need to incorporate scientific understanding and value judgments; and will be set by participants with limited modeling experience. We applied our approach to a case study where management thresholds were set for a mat-forming brown alga, Hormosira banksii, in a protected area management context. Participants, including management staff and scientists, were involved in a w..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the workshop participants who generously donated their time to participate in this research. This research was part of P.F.E.A.'s PhD at the University of Melbourne. P.F.E.A. was funded by an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship, with generous support from the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis, Parks Victoria's Research Partners Panel program, and the Australian Government's National Environment Research Program, Marine Biodiversity Research Hub. L.R. is funded by LP110100321 and supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. K.dB. is funded by Parks Victoria's Research Partners Panel program and supported by the National Environment Research Program and ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions.