New tools for ecosystem assessment, management and conservation

Organiser: Lucie Bland, University of Melbourne

The necessity of managing and conserving whole ecosystems is increasingly recognized. Yet key challenges remain in assessing the status of ecosystems; including ecosystems in conservation plans; and effectively managing the services they provide. This session will explore how new scientific and policy tools can help manage ecosystems more effectively. The session will span a wide range of ecosystems—from Antarctic marine ecosystems to temperate forests of south east Australia— as well as theoretical and practical questions. The session will outline recent scientific advances in ecosystem risk assessment led by key researchers in the Oceania region. The session will then address two key challenges: 1) How can novel sources of data be used for ecosystem assessment?; 2) How can ecosystem assessment inform management and conservation? The management component of this symposium will be strong, with three presentations addressing natural resource use and conservation planning. The session will also be highly policy relevant. The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems is a high-visibility policy product, and has recently been adopted by Australia as the official national protocol for assessing risks to ecosystems. The proposed symposium meets the meeting theme by spanning a range of ecosystems, and explicitly linking scientific tools with management and conservation applications.

11:30  Nicholas Murray The risk of ecosystem collapse from catastrophic threats

11:35  Ayesha Tulloch  Understanding the importance of small patches of habitat for conservation: Preventing death by 1000 cuts

11:40  Lucie M. Bland  Model Based risk assessment of the Meso-American Reef

11:45  Graeme F. Clark Vulnerability of Antarctic shallow invertebrate-dominated ecosystems

11:50  David Keith  Developing ecosystem typologies to support Red List assessments

11:55  Emma Burns An ecosystem assessment of mountain ash forest in the Central Highlands of Victoria, south-eastern Australia

12:00  Jessie Wells  Integrating flows of ecosystem services into spatial planning for conservation and development in Indonesian Borneo

12:05  Siddeswara Guru  Reproducible workflow for the mountain ash forest ecosystem risk assessment

12:10  Libby Rumpff  What state of the world are we in? Validating a state-and-transition model for Australian woodlands

12:15  Discussion

Speed Symposia
Location: Auditorium Date: July 6, 2016 Time: 11:30 am - 12:45 pm