Multi-objective reserve design using MARXAN analysis

Multi-objective reserve design using MARXAN analysis for protected area conservation in savanna ecosystems in Belize

Belize has long been considered a leader in conservation within the Mesoamerican region with 36% of its terrestrial area under protection status. However, a gap analysis conducted in 2005 reveal savannas are under-represented by the existing network of protected areas. With the savannas under numerous threats which include climate change, infrastructure development, deforestation and species decline, it has become necessary to address the current protected area effectiveness for the savanna regions. As part of the research for her MSc dissertation, Theresa used MARXAN software to identify the state of the current protected areas within savannas and identify regions that may be critical for future conservation.

Project Details
Date May – August 2012 Author Theresa Fingler Supervisor Dr. Neil Stuart, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh