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Integrated Protected Area Selection in Australian Biogeographic Regions


Lockwood, M and Bos, DG and Glazebrook, H, Integrated Protected Area Selection in Australian Biogeographic Regions, Environmental Management, 21, (3) pp. 395-404. ISSN 0364-152X (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s002679900037


This paper reports on the development of a biogeographic-based protected area selection procedure (PASP) that addresses limitations of current reserve selection methods such as inflexibility, restrictive criteria structures, and disregard of social criteria. We argue that selection criteria are legitimately identified through the political process and can therefore have both social and biological content. PASP provides a systematic, flexible and efficient procedure for identifying a network of protected areas that satisfies a given set of selection criteria. PASP has 11 steps divided into three main stages: compilation, selection, and validation. A selection algorithm is used into which criteria specific to the biogeographic region under study can be incorporated. The procedure is able to accommodate both nominal and ranking criteria and gives the analyst the opportunity to specify thresholds and targets for each criterion. Other features of PASP include the minimization of data collection effort, consideration of reserve design principles, and inclusion of a network evaluation as a check to ensure that politically determined objectives have been met.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lockwood, M (Associate Professor Michael Lockwood)
ID Code:34100
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2005-07-25
Last Modified:2005-07-25

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