Strengths and vulnerabilities of Australian networks for conservation of threatened birds

Holmes, Tim Q., Head, Brian W., Possingham, Hugh P. and Garnett, Stephen T. (2016) Strengths and vulnerabilities of Australian networks for conservation of threatened birds. Oryx, 1-11. doi:10.1017/S0030605316000454

Author Holmes, Tim Q.
Head, Brian W.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Garnett, Stephen T.
Title Strengths and vulnerabilities of Australian networks for conservation of threatened birds
Journal name Oryx   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0030-6053
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0030605316000454
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We analysed the supportive social networks associated with the conservation of six threatened Australian bird taxa, in one of the first network analyses of threatened species conservation programmes. Each example showed contrasting vulnerabilities. The Alligator Rivers yellow chat Epthianura crocea tunneyi had the smallest social network and no real action was supported. For the Capricorn yellow chat Epthianura crocea macgregori the network was centred on one knowledgeable and committed actor. The orange-bellied parrot Neophema chrysogaster had a strongly connected recovery team but gaps in the overall network could limit communication. The recovery teams for the swift parrot Lathamus discolor and Baudin's black-cockatoo Calyptorhynchus baudinii had strong links among most stakeholders but had weak ties to the timber industry and orchardists, respectively, limiting their capacity to manage threatening processes. Carnaby's black cockatoo Calyptorhynchus latirostris seemed to have the most effective social network of any of the taxa studied but may be vulnerable to skill shortages. In each case the network analysis pointed to gaps that could be filled to enhance the conservation effort, and highlighted the importance of recovery teams. The research suggests that formal network analysis could assist in the design of more effective support mechanisms for the conservation of threatened species.
Keyword Connectedness
Recovery teams
Social network analysis
Threatened species
Species conservation
Social network
Policy governance
Species recovery team
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Mon, 21 Nov 2016, 02:34:24 EST by Professor Brian Head on behalf of Institute for Social Science Research