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Landscape ecology in changing agricultural landscapes: The landscape ecological network as the templet for biodiversity

Objective

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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Coordinator

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH DEPARTMENT
Address
Droevendaalsesteenweg 3 A
6700 AA Wageningen
Netherlands
 

Participants (4)

Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap
Belgium
Address
25,Kliniekstraat
1070 Bruxelles
 
NERC Institute of Terrestrial Ecology
United Kingdom
Address
Monks Wood Experimental Station Abbots Ripton
PE17 2LS Huntingdon
 
National Environmental Research Institute - Ministry of Environment and Energy
Denmark
Address
12,Grenaavej
8410 Rønde
 
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
Norway
Address
5064,Nlh
1432 Aas