Cost-effective conservation: Study identifies key ‘umbrella’ species

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Birds, Conservation, Ecology, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Policy, Extinction, Government, Green, Parks, Plants, Protected Areas, Wcs, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation A new study has found that incorporating threats, actions and costs into the selection of priority species for conservation can markedly increase the efficiency of these efforts.The researchers created a new list of “umbrella” species for Australia, incorporating these factors.They found that the new list of umbrella species would lend protection to 46% of Australia’s threatened species — a sevenfold increase over the current list. Governments could vastly improve the efficiency of money spent on conservation if they took a hard look at the species they prioritize, according to a recent study.The research probed the benefits of using “umbrella species” — key species that, by overlapping with other species, provide them with indirect protection — to guide conservation policies in Australia.“We noticed that many countries, including Australia, use umbrella species to target management,” Michelle Ward, the study’s lead author and a Ph.D. student at the University of Queensland, told Mongabay in an email. “However, the method of choosing these species is generally ad hoc in fashion, and doesn’t consider the actual management strategies needed to recover species.”A far eastern curlew. Image by Dick Daniels.In Australia and other parts of the world, range size is used to pick out these species, the theory being that protecting far-ranging species will inherently protect the other plants and animals found in those areas. Ward and her colleagues found that the 73 species that Australia’s federal government has listed as umbrella species only protect 6% of the country’s threatened plants and animals.The team reported their findings Nov. 5 in the journal Conservation Biology.The team wondered if a more nuanced selection process — one that incorporated not just species’ ranges size, but the specific threats they face, the actions required to address those threats and what they might cost — might pull in other species.They began with maps showing the distributions and threats facing the nearly 1,800 threatened land animals in Australia. They then looked at the costs of the necessary actions to address those threats. When a species overlapped in both its geographic range and its threats with other species with relatively “cost-effective” management actions, it made the umbrella list.An infographic showing the number of species benefiting from management if the top seven umbrella species are managed from both the priority government list, top, and the optimized list, bottom. The number of species in brackets is that which could be managed without considering the umbrella benefits of any other species. Image by courtesy of Ward et al., 2019.That meant that species like the koala, red goshawk and purple clover made the list, Ward said in a statement, even though they’re not currently listed as umbrella species by the Australian government.Using Australia as a case study, the team found that this revised list would protect 46% of threatened species — what amounts to a sevenfold increase compared with the current list — without spending any more money on conservation.“[W]e thought it would be more efficient, but 7 times is striking,” Ward said.She said their approach could be used for other countries as well.A red goshawk. Image by Summerdrought via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA).The researchers also developed the study with policymakers in mind. Senior author Hugh Possingham said he’s confident that they’ll see the value in this approach.“All our papers that push return on investment thinking and smart decision-making are enthusiastically embraced by senior managers in government, who often have an economics background,” said Possingham, who is chief scientist at the Nature Conservancy and a professor at the University of Queensland.The takeaway from the research is straightforward, Ward said: “Conservation doesn’t need to be expensive if done efficiently.”But, she added, “This investment must be backed by strong national environment laws that protect nature from further destruction.”Banner image of a koala by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.John Cannon is a staff writer at Mongabay. Find him on Twitter: @johnccannonCitation:Ward, M., Rhodes, J. R., Watson, J. E. M., Lefevre, J., Atkinson, S., & Possingham, H. P. (2019). Use of surrogate species to cost‐effectively prioritize conservation actions. Conservation Biology. doi:10.1111/cobi.13430FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by John Cannoncenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? 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I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Frustrated Ibrahimovic coy on Galaxy future

first_img0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic is uncertain about his Los Angeles Galaxy future despite a successful start © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Katharine LotzeLOS ANGELES, United States, Sep 23 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic plans to discuss his future with Los Angeles Galaxy chiefs after a frustrating first season in Major League Soccer.Swedish star Ibrahimovic has made a prolific start to his MLS career, scoring 17 goals in 22 games since joining the Galaxy from Manchester United in March. However the 36-year-old striker’s efforts have not been enough to transform the Galaxy’s fortunes, with the club languishing in the bottom half of the Western Conference and struggling to make the playoffs.Ibrahimovic, who has a contract through the 2019 season, was reluctant to confirm his plans for next year, according to comments in the Los Angeles Times.“I don’t know. This I have to discuss,” Ibrahimovic said when asked about 2019.“This is not the moment to talk about that. It’s something I’ll discuss with the club. What they want, what I want. So let’s see.”Ibrahimovic said while he was pleased with his fitness, he was less happy with the Galaxy’s results.“I’m happy, I’m physically strong, I feel good. I’m producing, so I just need to (be) winning games, and then everything is perfect,” he said.“It’s easy to talk, but we need to do it.”Ibrahimovic cited the Galaxy’s failure to staunch their defence this year as being behind the club’s struggles.So far the club has shipped 59 goals in 29 games, the second worst goals conceded tally in the league.“Conceding so many goals, you don’t win,” Ibrahimovic said.“You cannot win the competition like that. It’s difficult, and that comes from everybody, not only the defense.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

New hospital for Mitchell’s Plain

first_imgMitchell’s Plain residents currently use a local community health centre, which sees only walk-in cases. Emergency cases are stabilised and sent to hospitals like Groote Schuur and GF Jooste Hospital. Western Cape health minister Thuns Botha said the government had decided to speed up construction of the hospital, which is expected to cater for more than 430 000 people from a mix of different communities and socio-economic circumstances. SAinfo reporter and BuaNews The hospital will have a total of 230 beds, and the design will allow for future expansion to 300 beds. In-patient services will include 60 medical adult beds, 60 surgical adult beds, 60 obstetrics beds, 30 paediatrics beds, 20 overnight beds, an accident and emergency unit, and a general out-patients facility. 25 September 2009 The monthly attendance at the emergency centre ranges from 3 000 people in summer to 4 500 people in winter, and approximately 1 200 of these patients are admitted on a monthly basis. GF Jooste Hospital also carryies a disproportionately large burden of HIV, TB and trauma cases. “[This] is a demonstration that this Cabinet recognises the community’s dire need for a hospital in Mitchell’s Plain and the need to lighten the load on GF Jooste Hospital,” Botha said. Construction of a R540-million district hospital in Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town is expected to start in January 2010 and be completed by December 2012. The hospital will cater for residents living in the Mitchell’s Plain, Philippi and Mandalay areas. “We inherited a legacy which I refer to as ‘apartheid’s vacuum’, a space that left the whole of the Cape Flats without infrastructure. Now it’s our opportunity, and our responsibility, to fill that vacuum.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

IOC lifts threat to remove weightlifting from Paris Olympics

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Weightlifting suffered cuts along the way to retaining Olympic status.The IOC previously reduced the size of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic competition, with one men’s medal event fewer and a quota cut of 64 athletes.Countries with historical doping issues, including Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, will have fewer entries in the Tokyo lineup.The IOC’s board formally ended the membership of Japan’s Tsunekazu Takeda, who is implicated in an investigation of suspected vote-buying to help Tokyo win hosting rights in 2013.Takeda announced last week he would step down as president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, though he denies wrongdoing.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Team Lakay leaves for Japan for ONE: A New Era Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img This includes finalizing an agreement — expected within days — between the IWF and the IOC-backed International Testing Authority to run a doping control program.Weightlifting’s reputation was tarnished by more than 50 positive tests in reanalysis of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA key upgrade in the sport’s anti-doping program means lifters must compete more often to be consistently tested.“Athletes now have to regularly appear at international events and therefore be subject to … in-competition testing in different places around the world,” International Olympic Committee sports director Kit McConnell said at a news conference after a board meeting. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sohrab Moradi of Iran performs a lift to break the world record in the men’s 94kg classweightlifting event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYOLAUSANNE, Switzerland— Weightlifting’s place at the 2024 Paris Olympics has been confirmed after an IOC review of persistent doping problems, as long as the sport’s governing body meets certain conditions.The International Weightlifting Federation will continue to undergo “very close monitoring” after 18 months of scrutiny, the Olympic body said Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT The IOC board expressed the “highest respect” for Takeda’s decision and noted presumption of his innocence, spokesman Mark Adams said.Takeda has acknowledged he signed off on about $2 million in payments to a Singapore consulting company, Black Tidings, before IOC members picked Tokyo as host ahead of Istanbul and Madrid.French investigators have linked Black Tidings to Papa Massata Diack, a son of former long-time IOC member Lamine Diack of Senegal who held influence over Olympic voters in Africa.The IOC must replace Takeda as chairman of its marketing panel by May.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

What makes for motivation

first_imgJeremy Gregg at the Raiser’s Razor blog asked me to answer the following question: What drives your philanthropassion? In other words, why have I, like you, chosen to be overworked and underpaid in the third sector?Part of the answer for me is, I spent a number of years working as a journalist in very poor countries. And the poverty and pain I saw on a daily basis was hard to simply witness, over and over. So I stopped reporting and started working to remedy what I was seeing. (This is not to say journalism does not do much to contribute to the social good or to right wrongs – it does. I just wanted to be more involved in the story.)So part of my motivation is based on need.But the bigger part of it is based on change. I saw enough good when I was reporting that I also grew to believe there was hope in most situations. And that, ultimately, is the most motivating thing of all.I started my book this way: We all have moments in life when we happen upon our calling, and mine was when I encountered a giant, smiling condom in Cambodia. I go on to tell the story of being inspired by the ground-breaking work of the nonprofit PSI to make AIDS prevention fun and hopeful (including via a giant condom balloon), to great success. I saw the good in the story and possibility in the future.I think ultimately, what makes for the most powerful motivation (at least for me) is not how bad something is now but rather how much better it could be.last_img read more

How to raise $2,657 in 90 minutes

first_imgDisclaimer: These results are not typical. This story is the fundraising equivalent of the bikini-clad woman in the Slimfast ad – a special success story.That said, uber-networked bloggerista and social networking guru Beth Kanter did it. And in the process, she showed us how we might do it, too. Read the story here.Okay, so you may not have hundreds of Twittering friends at the ready or even know what the heck is a Gnomedexer, but there are some lessons here.The messenger is everything. If you want to raise money, get people who like you to ask their friends and family for funds on your behalf. When Beth reached out to her community – in person and online – people responded.Well-networked messengers are gold. When those fans of yours have extensive online networks, they can touch an amazing number of people.The simpler and easier the ask, the bigger the conversion. Asking people to make a $10 with a few clicks is not a big request, and so it’s hard to say no to it.People are total conformists. Once people see their peers doing something, they’ll follow. Beth got a bunch of technically inclined people to reach out to their networks in public, and that’s peer pressure on steroids. Social norms, meet social networks. Tangibility is key. Beth didn’t raise money for “girl’s education in Cambodia.” She asked people to help a specific young woman with her college education. That makes a big difference.Transparency is essential. A ticker with real-time results measured against a tangible goal makes people feel trusting – and compelled toa ct.Thank-yous are appreciated. Beth is great at thanking people, recognizing them and celebrating what their donations accomplished. That kind of gratitude is the happy ending to a fabulous fundraising campaign.Thanks Beth for the inspiration. And for all you do for Cambodia, a place very close to my heart.last_img read more

Successful Fundraising in Turbulent Times

first_imgThings seem to be falling apart all around us and it can seem that our organizations are going to fall apart also.  But, how bad is it for nonprofits?  And what can be done to strengthen our fundraising programs so that we can survive and maybe even grow?Check out this archived presentation to:Understand what this current economic situation will do to your fundraising and how to take advantage of the opportunities inherent in this chaotic environmentLearn three or four things you can do immediately to raise money between now and the end of the yearKnow what are the main weaknesses of your own fundraising program and what you should do to address themAbout our speakerKim Klein is internationally known as a fundraising trainer and consultant. She is the founder of the bimonthly Grassroots Fundraising Journal. She is also the author of Fundraising for Social Change (now in its fifth edition, 2006), Fundraising for the Long Haul (2000), which explores the particular challenges of older grassroots organizations, and Ask and You Shall Receive: A Fundraising Training Program for Religious Organizations or Projects, Raise More Money (2001) which she edited with her partner, Stephanie Roth, and Fundraising in Times of Crisis (2004). Widely in demand as a speaker, Kim has provided training and consultation in all 50 states and in 21 countries.last_img read more