Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Biosciences Seminar Speaker 19 January 2017

Biosciences Seminar Series - Winter 2017
19 January 2017 - 1pm - Zoology Museum

Improving marine management by accounting for spatial heterogeneity in management costs and stakeholder preferences

Dr Katrina Davis

Our seminar series resumes for the winter term with a speaker from Australia, Dr Katrina Davis from the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at the University of Queensland. Katrina is broadly interested in identifying ways to optimise natural resource use to maximise the productivity of human and ecological systems, e.g. by developing ways to include management costs into spatial planning, consider how to incorporate expert and stakeholder preferences and how to incorporate non-market valuation into spatial optimisation of marine resource use.  

The exploitation of fish stocks has increased over time, as have negative impacts to the marine environment from anthropogenic activities. Subsequent deterioration in marine environmental health can be addressed by accounting for spatial heterogeneity in marine management costs and in stakeholder preferences for management. 

In this presentation, I will discuss how marine management in central Chile changes when monitoring and enforcement costs are taken into account, and why marine stakeholders may choose not to enforce locally managed marine resources despite the demonstrated benefits of doing so. I will also describe a survey which elicits spatially explicit non-market values for marine ecological features at a case study area in South-East Queensland in Australia. Results from this work demonstrate how the community can have spatially explicit preferences for marine management. 

Hope to see many of you - everyone most welcome to attend!

For the list of forthcoming seminars, see here, and here

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