The SCGIS/ESRI/SCB International Conservation Mapping Contest

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Craig Beech, Peace Parks Foundation South Africa with
Willem van Riet

d In order to identify wildlife corridors within the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique, which is a constiuent part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, the following data and infromation with an overlay analysis was used. LNP was proclaimed a National Park in 2003. The core of the park has been "cut-off" from the Limpopo River which forms the eastern boundary of the National Park. In order to allow wildlife access to this river course - as the interior of the Park is predominantly landveld with very seasonal water supply. Furthermore the importance of the larger mammal movements going further east to such Parks as Banhine & Zinave National Parks is a strong future consideration within the realms of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area.   FULL ESSAY . FULL MAP(16MB)


Ryan Branciforte (Bay Area Open Space Council) and Maegan Leslie Torres, GreenInfo Network
with Louis Jaffe (GreenInfo Network).

dThe Conservation Lands Network is a shared vision for the conservation of habitats and ecological processes that are essential for biodiversity preservation in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The Network was created by the Upland Habitat Goals Project, led by the Bay Area Open Space Council. The final map, a culmination of the entire process and a tool for the land conservation community in the region, was developed by GreenInfo Network.


One of only five places in the world with a Mediterranean climate, the Bay Area hosts a large number of species found nowhere else. The region is also a biodiversity hotspot – an area with high biological diversity that suffers from extensive habitat loss. With 1.2 million acres already conserved for open space and natural resources, the Bay Area is an international leader in conservation. The region’s high quality of life is frequently attributed to, in part, historic successes in conservation and accessibility to open space. The challenge is to continue these successes in the face of rapid development and environmental change.


FIRST PRIZE: SCIENCE    Karin Bodtker, Living Oceans Society, BC Canada, with Carrie Robb

dLiving Oceans Society is Canada’s largest organization focusing exclusively on marine conservation issues. We are based in Sointula, a small fishing village on the Central Coast of British Columbia (BC). Living in a coastal community, we are reminded each day that it’s not just about the fish—it’s about the fish and the people. Living Oceans Society believes that people are part of the environment and that by protecting the B.C. coastal ecosystem, we can build sustainable communities today and for our children. Since Jennifer Lash started Living Oceans Society in 1998, we have advocated for oceans that are managed for the common good, according to science-based policies that consider entire ecosystems.... FULL ESSAY . FULL PDF MAP .

Adam Dixon, World Wildlife Fund - United States, Washington DC, with Jessica Forrest and Stephan Ehl

dPlanning for Conservation in the Ruvuma Landscape

In the map “Planning for Conservation in the Ruvuma Landscape,” I sought to present an initial graphic introduction to the concept of conservation planning though the display of the multiple criteria used to develop a final conservation plan.  The final map, titled “Ecological Zones,” combines the complementary datasets into one comprehensive plan for conserving the unique biological heritage that the Ruvuma Landscape contains while addressing the needs of human development in the region.  The Ecological Zones map was developed by displaying the most sensitive to the least sensitive conservation targets in the region.  Sensitive habitat starts as Zone 1a, then megafauna and bird habitat are considered, as well as mangroves, riparian zones and areas of high carbon biomass.   The final zones are areas that pose small risk to maintaining ecological integrity of the region.. FULL ESSAY . FULL MAP(50mb)


Dick Cameron, The Nature Conservancy CA,  with Everyone who worked on the Southern Sierra Partnership Assessment

dWhat is the purpose of your map? The purpose of this map is to show the network of priority areas, called the Regional Conservation Design (RCD), proposed by the Southern Sierra Partnership to conserve biodiversity and enhance ecosystem resilience in the face of climate change.
What conservation issue did you address?
This map is the primary spatial product of a yearlong planning process that defined what areas need to be managed for ecological values to sustain biodiversity. So, there were many conservation issues addressed in the planning process and discussed in the final report, including habitat connectivity, changes in species distribution due to climate change, the value riparian areas for streamflows and wildlife movement. The main issue that the map is addressing though is the value of integrated network of working landscapes and protected areas to provide options for species and ecosystems to adapt to climate change. FULL ESSAY . FULL PDF MAP

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SCIENCE (this page, 2 first prizes awarded)



Agnese Mancini, Boomerang for Earth Conservation, France  with Volker Koch (Series of 12 Maps)

Mark Endries, US Fish & Wildlife Service, NC, with
US Fish and Wildlife Service Asheville ES Office Staff


dWhile sea turtle stranding networks have existed for many years now, very little information is available on mechanisms governing these events. From march 2006 to June 2008, we surveyed sea turtle mortality along 220 km of coastline all around the state of BCS. We found a total of 757 stranded turtles, however we only could identify mortality causes of 15% of them, with fishery being by far the most important one. This lead us to different questions:
■          Which are the factors that influence sea turtles strandings?
■          How much of the strandings can be explained by fishing effort?

To answer these questions, we created a model to identify high risk areas for sea turtles using the GIS. We selected oceanographic (SST, chlorophyll concentration, wind and currents direction and strength) and anthropogenic (fishing effort) variables to explain the absence/presence of sea turtle strandings on a beach (see previous paragraphe for data sources). The model is composed by 5 steps:

1. Determine sea turtle presence/absence using SST and Chl data;
2. Quantify fishing effort and associated risk based on fishing gear used per month;
3. Estimate sea turtle mortality probability due to fishing effort;
4. Determine favorable/unfavorable wind and current conditions;
5. Estimate the probability of finding stranded sea turtles on a beach.            FULL ESSAY . FULL PDF MAP

REBIOMA, Réseau de la Biodiversité de Madagascar/ Wildlife Conservation Society Madagascar, with Commission SAPM (Madagascar Protected Areas System Committee)

DREBIOMA a project of WCS Madagascar with technical support from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), has worked to promote the use of biodiversity data and tools in systematic conservation planning since 2002. We have strengthened cross-institutional collaboration with several national and international institutions, and support to the government branch in charge of Environment through the “Madagascar Biodiversity and Protected Areas Directorate”.

Since 2001, REBIOMA has improved biodiversity conservation planning in Madagascar, by:
- Providing easy access to update and validated data on the biodiversity of Madagascar,
- Providing an opportunity for institutions and scientists to share and publish their occurrence data for conservation use,
- Making data available for quantitative conservation planning,
- Strengthening and promoting networks of knowledge associated with biodiversity conservation in Madagascar,
- Supporting the process of the Durban Vision for expanding the marine and terrestrial protected area network, serving the SAPM (Madagascar Protected Areas System)   FULL ESSAY . FULL MAP

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