Land-use planning in a climate change century

28th November 2007

What was the event?

There is an increasing imperative to make our landscapes and habitats better connected and more robust to allow biodiversity adaptation to our changing climate.  Recent advances in spatial map-based modelling techniques now mean that changes in land use, from agricultural improvements to forestry operations, from development proposals to habitat improvements, be assessed on the landscape scale and targeted to the maximum effect for the benefit of people, wildlife and the public purse.

This modelling approach has been developed by Forest Research and complements on-the-ground knowledge, allowing robust and best value land-use decisions to be made at the strategic, regional and local scales.
This seminar:

  • Gave an overview of the spatial planning approach and how its application has been used to date
  • Showed how the modelling is currently being refined and developed for a potentially wide range of uses and applications – from the strategic to on-the-ground action
  • Provided a forum to address and discuss its continued role, scope and ways forward.

Seminar flier (PDF-64K)

Seminar programme (PDF-29K)

Forest Research gave two presentations at this seminar:

  • "Addressing fragmentation: BEETLE and land use modelling"
  • "Predicting climate change: impacts and responses"

Who was the event suitable for?

Policy and decision makers, land-use advisors, and key stakeholders.

Where did the event take place?

The Merchants’ Hall
22 Hanover Street


For further information please contact:

Phil Baarda
Policy and Advice Officer
Scottish Natural Heritage
Great Glen House
Leachkin Road

Tel: 01463 725 208