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Conservation planning using PRIORITIZR : from theory to practice (PRTZ01)

7 October 2019 - 11 October 2019


Course Overview:

This 5-day workshop will introduce the development and application of Marxan type spatial planning tools to prioritize land acquisition, easements and incentives in favor of conservation. We are going to use the prioritizr framework (https://prioritizr.github.io/prioritizr/) and an example developed for the Coastal Douglas Fir Conservation Partnership (CDFCP) region by the group of Peter Arcese at UBC (http://arcese.forestry.ubc.ca/marxan-tool-cdfcp/)

The reserve design problem will be introduced using examples from the BC Central Coast, Georgia Basin-Willamette Valley of BC, WA and OR (Schuster) and the Andes (Morell). Technical issues and approaches to species distribution modeling, spatial optimization, and climate adaptation will also be addressed via lecture and group discussion of assigned readings. We will then use an online tool to explore case studies, indicator communities, and the potential for complimentarity in conservation planning in the CDFCP region, a critically imperiled region of BC that includes ~200,000 mainly privately-owned land parcels on se Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast.

Once acclimatized, we will form small teams to design, carryout and report on new scenarios aimed at 1) prioritizing CDFCP parcels for the conservation of species groups, and 2) protection of Critical Habitat for endangered species, in addition to the old forest and savanna ecosystem goals already identified for the region.
Learning outcomes include understanding:
1) the use of biological indicators and species mapping to predict biodiversity value,
2) the problem of optimization over diverse goals and solutions to it,
3) the valuation of and incorporation of ecosystem services into spatial planning
4) the development and application of Marxan type spatial planning tools and scenarios


Intended Audience

Graduate students, practicing academics and professionals in government and industry.

Venue – Pasteur Hellenic Institute, Athens, Greece – Google map

Availability – 25 places

Duration – 5 days

Contact hours – Approx. 35 hours

ECT’s – Equal to 3 ECT’s

Language – English


We only offer a COURSE ONLY package for this course.
• COURSE ONLY – Includes lunch and refreshments.

To book ‘COURSE ONLY’ please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Other payment options are available please email kostaskougiou@prstatistics.com

Cancellation policy: Cancellations are accepted up to 28 days before the course start date subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations later than this may be considered, contact oliverhooker@prstatistics.com Failure to attend will result in the full cost of the course being charged. In the unfortunate event that PRstatistics must cancel this course due to unforeseen circumstances a full refund for the course will be credited. However PRstatistics cannot be held responsible for any travel fees, accommodation or other expenses incurred to you as a result of the cancellation.


Dr. Richard Schuster


Nina Morell

Teaching Format
Course Programme


7 October 2019
11 October 2019


Pasteur Hellenic Institute
Pasteur Hellenic Institute, Βασ. Σοφίας 127, Αθήνα, 11521, 115 21,
Athens, Greece
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25 available
PRTZ01 'COURSE ONLY'£500.00‘COURSE ONLY’ (INC VAT@20%) Places 1-25