The management of land is increasingly decided at a local level, with trends across Europe of greater public participation in landscape planning processes and empowerment of local administrations to determine resource exploitation and development. Yet, understanding of the outcomes and consequences of landscape planning decisions is generally poor among the public and their elected representatives. This project analyses public preferences and land manager aims for present landscapes and scenarios of future land use to produce a set of new visualization tools that enable public participation in landscape management. It uses relationships between visual qualities and other landscape functions such as biodiversity, cultural heritage, amenity and sustainable production to support a sound stewardship of the rural and peril-urban landscape, and an increased understanding of change.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
EH25 9SY Roslin-midlothian
230 53 Alnarp