Bhutan is a special place. A tiny jewel nestled in the folds of the Himalayas, Bhutan spans an incredibly rich ecological gradient from subtropical forest to the glaciers of some the highest mountains on Earth. It is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
This month’s Practitioner Spotlight is with Tom Miewald, Landscape Ecologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Science Applications program. Tom has worked on large-scale science and planning projects in numerous sectors. For the past 5 years, his work has focused on collaborative landscape conservation planning.
Landscape conservation design is a stakeholder-driven, participatory process that: 1) integrates societal values and cross-jurisdiction, multisector interests with the best available interdisciplinary science and traditional knowledge (the people); 2) assesses spatial and temporal patterns, vulnerabilities, risks, and opportunities for landscape elements valued by stakeholders (the process); 3) results in a set of spatially explicit products and multi-objective adaptation strategies (the products); 4) protects biodiversity, conserves ecosystem services, and promotes landscapes that are resilient and sustainable for current and future generations (its purpose).
The Institute is pleased to share this recently published paper: The iCASS Platform: Nine principles for landscape conservation design. It was written by authors representing federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations, and the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. The paper is dedicated to co-author, John Pierce, who passed away on February 23, 2018.