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).
Biodiversity and the ecosystem services provided to people are in decline in the western hemisphere. A multi-sector, participatory approach to integrated planning, design, and delivery is needed to transition to sustainability.
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.