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Klein et al. 2008a

Rondinini et al. 2006

Marxan is freely available conservation planning software.

It 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

What makes Marxan the most widely used conservation planning software in the world?

Marxan is flexible- it can be applied to a wide range of problems such as reserve design and natural resource management in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine systems.

Marxan is efficient and repeatable- it provides many good solutions to complex problems, providing a number of options and encouraging stakeholder participation.

These features provide users with decision support to achieve an efficient allocation of resources across a range of different uses.