Managing Biodiversity

We’re still using old-fashioned or knee-jerk methods for conservation prioritisation. Reserves are allocated when land becomes available, instead of strategically planning which land to acquire for greatest biodiversity value. Biodiversity corridors tend to link up reserves, rather than using analytical data or predictive models to establish a sound basis for their positioning. Ad hoc rules of thumb, such as ‘local is best’ are used to guide restoration principles.

How can we best incorporate current knowledge and prioritise the acquisition of new information, to better manage the biodiversity and ecosystem wealth on earth?


About Prof Andy Lowe

Prof Andy Lowe is a British-Australian scientist and expert on plants and trees, particularly the monitoring, management and utilisation of genetic, biological and ecosystem resources. He has discovered new species, lost forests, championed to eliminate illegally logged timber in global supply chains, served the UN’s Office of Drugs and Crime and has been responsible for securing multi-million dollar research funding. He is an experienced and respected executive leader, as well as mid-career mentor. Andy is the inaugural Director of Food Innovation at the University of Adelaide serving as the external face for all significant food industry and government sectors across South Australia, and the world.
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