Visualising landscape change - aiding public participation

1st December 2005

What was the event?

Landscapes are under pressure to change from both natural and anthropogenic causes. Some changes can be controversial, whilst others can be a cause for comment or enquiry from local stakeholders. However, the understanding among decision-makers, the public and their elected representatives over the outcomes and consequences of landscape planning decisions, is generally poor.

This workshop was held to:

  • Increase understanding of the potential held by the latest techniques for visualising landscape change
  • Address the challenges of integrating non-visual information about the landscape (e.g. ecological indicators)
  • Discuss case studies of public involvement in landscape management.

The workshop drew upon results from a major European research project on the development of tools for supporting public participation in landscape change (VISULANDS), including work in Scotland co-funded by the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department and also involving Forestry Commission Scotland.

At this workshop Forest Research gave the following presentions:

  • Chris Quine: "Landscape Indicators - Case study from the United Kingdom"
  • Max Hislop: "People and participation - Case studies from across Europe"

Who was the event suitable for?

Researchers, decision-makers and those with responsibility for landscape planning.

Where did the event take place?

The Royal Society of Edinburgh
George Street
Edinburgh EH2 2PQ


Jane Lund
Events Coordinator
Macaulay Institute

Tel: 01224 498200
Fax: 01224 311556