The importance of natural capital stocks

By: Fleur Maseyk

Management of natural capital stocks is crucial for the provision of ecosystem services

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The ecosystem services concept promised a new paradigm for resource management but uptake has been disappointing slow.  This failure to translate the conceptual into practical application has transpired because the literature confuses, obscures or simply lacks pathways for doing so.

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EcoStats Symposium 11-12 July 2013

Author: Kristylee Marr and Yvonne Buckley

Honours student Kristylee Marr and Yvonne attended the EcoStats Symposium at the University of New South Wales on 11-12 July 2013 (http://www.eco-stats.unsw.edu.au/symposium.html) . This event was organised by ecologist and statistician David Warton (http://www.eco-stats.unsw.edu.au/) discuss current issues and future directions at the ecology-statistics interface.

There was a strong species distribution modelling flavour to the first day. There is a huge demand from ecologists for methods for building niche/distribution models using widely available but problematic presence-only data.  This has led to philosophical differences in the field, alternative methodologies and numerous commentaries and as one speaker put it “much heat and little light”. Continue reading