Séminaire CEFE : Bottom-up conservation, engaging with the local com-munity to develop better conservation actions

Mardi 18 juin 2019 – 11h00
Grande salle de réunion du CEFE | 1e étage, aile C

Hernan Caceres-Escobar
The University of Queensland, Australia

The World’s biodiversity faces major threats which have resulted in an extensive crisis. Invasive species have been identified as one of the main threats to biodiversity worldwide and Australia is no exception. Managing the impacts of invasive species requires that conservation managers spend limited time and economic re-sources understanding the multiple dimensions of species management. Overlooking the local economic, eco-logical, and social dimensions could jeopardise the project before it is even implemented. In essence, the path seems to be straightforward: “1) gather some information, 2) create management alternatives, 3) implement some actions, and 4) celebrate success”. In this talk, my aim is to discuss the multidimensional challenge that conservation managers face and present some of the work I did in Australia to help decision-makers with two of the most threatening species to the native Australian fauna: feral cats and red foxes. I will start by introducing an approach to create, assess, and select competing management actions alongside the local community, based on adaptive management principles and INFFER, a cost-benefit analysis tool. To then discuss two modelling approaches to assess the possible ecosystem outcomes from implementing the preferred conservation actions. By following this approach, we were able to provide valuable information to local practitioners regarding local conservation preferences, financial requirements, and the effort needed to manage invasive species; before jeopardising limited funding to actions that may not achieve local conservation goals. More importantly, it helped us to secure long-term commitment by empowering the local community to participate in species man-agement planning.

Recent paper:
Caceres‐Escobar, H., Kark, S., Atkinson, S.C., Possingham, H.P., Davis, K.J. (2019). Integrating local knowledge to prioritise invasive species management. People and Nature. DOI: 10.1002/pan3.27


(Seminar in English)

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