Supreme Court ruling on NZ’s largest irrigation dam proposal respects conservation law and protected land


Earlier this month, New Zealand’s Supreme Court rejected a proposed land swap that would have flooded conservation land for the construction of the country’s largest irrigation dam. The court was considering whether the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s investment arm could build a dam on 22 hectares of the protected Ruahine Forest Park in exchange for … Continue reading Supreme Court ruling on NZ’s largest irrigation dam proposal respects conservation law and protected land

The good news and bad news about the rare birds of Papua New Guinea


Robert Davis, Edith Cowan University The rainforests of Papua New Guinea are home to one of the richest bird populations in the world. But many are threatened by logging and palm oil farming. Now, a team of researchers led by Edith Cowan University have surveyed the PNG island of New Britain to see how the … Continue reading The good news and bad news about the rare birds of Papua New Guinea

Murray-Darling Basin Plan under scrutiny


Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin rivers and the policy to restore them, under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, has come under considerable scrutiny with allegations of water theft, inadequate transparency of water management and poor government policy processes, uncovered by ABC investigative reporting of Four Corners. Billions of dollars has been spent on the Murray-Darling Basin river system … Continue reading Murray-Darling Basin Plan under scrutiny

New study identifies eight reforms to defend against increasing threats to scientific integrity


A team of scientists have compared recent developments in US, Canada, and Australia to identify policies which should be supported by scientists and scientific societies active on the issue. This study, published in the journal Conservation Biology, identified eight reforms which are needed to defend the scientific integrity of policy processes related to conservation of … Continue reading New study identifies eight reforms to defend against increasing threats to scientific integrity

SCBO Annual General Meeting – come along and contribute to your society!


The SCBO AGM will be held at the Cartagena ICCB conference this year. Drinks and food will be provided (which is a great reason to come along), but most importantly you will have a chance to contribute to the running of your Society! Date: 25 July 2017 Time: 6:30pm Location: Secretaria General The draft agenda is: Opening and … Continue reading SCBO Annual General Meeting – come along and contribute to your society!

Member Spotlight: Shannon Rivera


In the member spotlight this week is our newest SCBO board member Shannon Rivera. SCBO: How did you first hear about the Society for Conservation Biology? Shannon: Instead of fiction books or novels, I read scientific journals so I have been following Conservation Biology and Conservation Letters for a long time. It wasn’t until the … Continue reading Member Spotlight: Shannon Rivera