Marxan with Zones (MwZ) are one of the most widely used conservation and resource use planning tools globally. It can support the design of a network of areas for protection or multi-zone parks in marine, terrestrial, and freshwater environments. Developed by Ian Ball and Hugh Possingham from the University of Queensland, Australia, Marxan with Zones supports spatial prioritization by producing transparent and repeatable results. The software can facilitate smart decision-making that accounts for a broad range of stakeholders and trade-offs in a spatially and economically efficient manner.
This hands-on three day technical course will provide participants with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to use Marxan with Zones to design a multi-zone marine conservation area. Participants will use GIS tools (ArcGIS or QGIS) and Marxan with Zones to set up scenarios during the hands-on exercises. This course will cover technical and non-technical topics including:
• Systematic conservation planning principles
• Spatial Planning in theory and practice
• When is MwZ the right tool? When is it not?
• What questions can MwZ address in the context of systematic conservation planning, spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management?
• How can MwZ help integrate socio-economic and environmental concerns?
• To what extent can MwZ support making difficult decisions regarding trade-offs between stakeholder groups?
• Case studies presenting the use of MwZ around the world
• How to generate MwZ input files in ArcGIS or QGIS
• Setting MwZ parameters and calibration
• Interpreting and presenting MwZ results
• Comparing and evaluating MwZ solutions and scenarios
To enable trainees to successfully use Marxan with Zones to solve spatial conservation planning problems.
Participants need to have a basic knowledge of GIS and GIS software (ArcGIS or QGIS) to be able to complete the hands-on exercises.
If you are interested in learning more about this workshops or help you organize one in your region, contact:
Norma Serra Sogas,
PacMARA Training Manager
Phone: +1 250 818 3220