Ecological networks: science and practice

International Association for Landscape Ecology - IALE(UK) - Conference 2009

1 to 3 September 2009

What was the event?

The integrative nature of landscape ecology makes it highly relevant to conservation and land use planning in the 21st century. Although ecological networks have been a long-established aspect of European land use planning and conservation, they are a relatively new concept in the UK which has traditionally focussed on site-based activities. In the face of rapid environmental change, there is a growing consensus that complementary approaches are needed. Scotland has been chosen because this need has been widely embraced at both policy and practical levels.

The aim of this international meeting was to:

  • Review the empirical foundations for the design and implementation of ecological networks
  • Consider how this evidence has been used in practice in different countries.

Plenary themes were:

  • Day 1 (Science) - Measuring connectivity, landscape genetics
  • Day 2 (Practice) - Spatial planning, ecosystem services, network implementation

Field trips to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and the Edinburgh and Lothians area demonstrated implementation strategies that are in progress and provide a practical focus for discussion.

The meeting also included three short, informal workshops:

  • Spatial data and decision support systems (by Amy Eycott and Phil Handley of Forest Research)
  • Scottish Natural Heritage land use decision support tool
  • Engagement methods and advocacy tools.

Conference website

Who was the event suitable for?

Ecologists, landscape planners, land owners.

Where did the event take place?

University of Edinburgh
George Street

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