6. Systematic Conservation Planning: Past, Present and Future

  1. Richard J. Ladle2,3 and
  2. Robert J. Whittaker2
  1. James E. M. Watson,
  2. Hedley S. Grantham,
  3. Kerrie A. Wilson and
  4. Hugh P. Possingham

Published Online: 7 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390001.ch6

Conservation Biogeography

Conservation Biogeography

How to Cite

Watson, J. E. M., Grantham, H. S., Wilson, K. A. and Possingham, H. P. (2011) Systematic Conservation Planning: Past, Present and Future, in Conservation Biogeography (eds R. J. Ladle and R. J. Whittaker), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390001.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Agricultural Engineering, Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil

Author Information

  1. School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 18 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335040

Online ISBN: 9781444390001



  • systematic conservation planning - past, present and future;
  • scientific approach, designing protected area networks - theory of island biogeography;
  • systematic conservation planning - protected area network design, and alternative networks;
  • systematic conservation planning and principle of complementarity - goal of conservation, and no loss of biodiversity;
  • species-based surrogates - in systematic conservation plans;
  • systematic conservation planning - in terrestrial environment, the Maputaland case study;
  • systematic conservation planners - marine protected area network, Marxan tool and conservation targets;
  • decision support tools - for identifying and prioritizing new protected areas;
  • seven-step systematic conservation planning decision theory framework application;
  • systematic conservation planning literature - advancing ‘tools’ of systematic conservation planning trade


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • What is systematic conservation planning and why use it?

  • Concepts and principles

  • Developing a systematic conservation plan

  • Decision support tools to identify and prioritize new protected areas

  • Consultation and implementation of systematic conservation plans

  • What does the future of systematic conservation planning hold?

  • For discussion

  • Suggested reading