Conservation Planning

GIS-Based Identification of Research Natural Areas

Prioritizing sites as potential Research Natural Areas to represent a set of target vegetation types is a complex planning problem in which competing objectives must be satisfied simultaneously, including suitability (i.e., choosing the most ecologically appropriate sites) and efficiency (i.e, covering the most types with the least sites). For a project funded by the U. S.

Coastal Reserves

Systematic conservation planning in marine environments has generally operated independently of land conservation planning, despite potentially strong coupling between land use, watershed processes, and coastal riverine, estuarine and marine ecosystems. There is increasing recognition of the impacts of human activities in the coastal zone and the need for conservation policy and design of coastal management systems to account for these impacts.

Cost-effective farmland preservation: A framework for collaborative planning in rural communities

Many rural communities facing the loss of their agricultural heritage use market interventions such as conservation easements. Simple scoring methods are often used to rank farms for conservation action. These methods generally do not consider all the benefits that farmland provides nor do they appropriately measure the expected benefit of conservation action to achieve social goals cost-effectively. They also tend to be rigid in applying scientific information so that it is difficult to address competing social values in a collaborative planning process.


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