Can a problem-solving approach strengthen landscape ecology’s contribution to sustainable landscape planning?

McAlpine, Clive A., Seabrook, Leonie M., Rhodes, Jonathan R., Maron, Martine, Smith, Carl, Bowen, Michiala E., Butler, Sarah A., Powell, Owen, Ryan, Justin G., Fyfe, Christine T., Adams-Hosking, Christine, Smith, Andrew, Robertson, Oliver, Howes, Alison and Cattarino, Lorenzo (2010) Can a problem-solving approach strengthen landscape ecology’s contribution to sustainable landscape planning?. Landscape Ecology, 25 8: 1155-1168. doi:10.1007/s10980-010-9514-x

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Author McAlpine, Clive A.
Seabrook, Leonie M.
Rhodes, Jonathan R.
Maron, Martine
Smith, Carl
Bowen, Michiala E.
Butler, Sarah A.
Powell, Owen
Ryan, Justin G.
Fyfe, Christine T.
Adams-Hosking, Christine
Smith, Andrew
Robertson, Oliver
Howes, Alison
Cattarino, Lorenzo
Title Can a problem-solving approach strengthen landscape ecology’s contribution to sustainable landscape planning?
Journal name Landscape Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0921-2973
Publication date 2010-10
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10980-010-9514-x
Volume 25
Issue 8
Start page 1155
End page 1168
Total pages 14
Editor Diane M. Pearson
Clive A. McAlpine
Place of publication Dordrecht , The Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract The need to avert unacceptable and irreversible environmental change is the most urgent challenge facing society. Landscape ecology has the capacity to help address these challenges by providing spatially-explicit solutions to landscape sustainability problems. However, despite a large body of research, the real impact of landscape ecology on sustainable landscape management and planning is still limited. In this paper, we first outline a typology of landscape sustainability problems which serves to guide landscape ecologists in the problem-solving process. We then outline a formal problem-solving approach, whereby landscape ecologists can better bring about disciplinary integration, a consideration of multiple landscape functions over long time scales, and a focus on decision making. This framework explicitly considers multiple ecological objectives and socio-economic constraints, the spatial allocation of scarce resources to address these objectives, and the timing of the implementation of management actions. It aims to make explicit the problem-solving objectives, management options and the system understanding required to make sustainable landscape planning decisions. We propose that by adopting a more problem-solving approach, landscape ecologists can make a significant contribution towards realising sustainable future landscapes. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Keyword Adaptive management
Decision analysis
Economic constraints
Landscape sustainability problems
Multiple functions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 31 July 2010 The special issue originated from a symposium titled ‘Landscape ecology: An integrated science for sustainability in a changing world’ at the 10th International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL) August 16th–21st 2009 in Brisbane, Australia - not the conference proceedings.

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