LANDECONET develops a theoretical background, a database with empirical knowledge, as well as an approach and a set of guidelines and tools to relate the spatial structure of the ecological network of agricultural landscapes to biodiversity, in particular to the distribution and long-term persistence of a variety of natural species.
In modern agricultural landscapes in Northwestern and Central Europe, the sustainable conservation of biodiversity has become dependent mainly on the spatial characteristics of the network composed by (semi) natural landscape elements. Changes in land use usually lead to changes in this network and, consequently, in the probability of persistence of wild species of plants and animals. This project develops a conceptual framework for this major part of landscape ecology, as well as knowledge on the ecology of populations in fragmented agricultural landscapes, and also an approach and a set of guidelines and tools to be used in landscape planning and environmental impact studies.
The project is interdisciplinary in integrating studies on plants and various animal groups, using mathematical modelling as an integrating technique, and geographical information systems allowing a synthesis for planning purposes at an appropriate scale. Each subproject integrates knowledge from a large geographical area, to account for the variation in the impact of landscape changes in different parts of the Northwestern and Central European agricultural landscapes.
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Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
PE17 2LS Huntingdon