Marxan is a suite of tools designed to help decision makers find good solutions to conservation planning problems. This includes free software that can be used to solve several types of planning problems and extensive documentation and examples describing a framework for approaching conservation planning. Marxan is the most frequently used conservation planning software and has been applied to hundreds of spatial conservation planning problems around the world.

Aim of the resource: 

Marxan provides decision support to a range of conservation planning problems, including:

  •  The design of new reserve systems
  •  reporting on the performance of existing reserve systems
  •  developing multiple-use zoning plans for natural resource management.
Practical information
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Contact details
Contact Name (Person or group/organization): 
Matt Watts