Landscape Connectivity

Toward a Transdisciplinary Science of Ecological and Cultural Landscape Restoration (2005), by Naveh, highlights the self-organizing and self-creative restoration capacities of biosphere landscapes that are driven by mutually amplifying auto- and cross-catalytic feedback loops, and the rapidly expanding technosphere landscapes that are driven by destabilizing “run-away” feedback loops.

Restoring Habitat Corridors in Fragmented Landscapes Using Optimization and Percolation Models (2005), by Williams and Snyder, provides new information about the expected level of resources needed to realize different corridor configurations under different degrees of fragmentation and different characterizations of habitat connectivity.

Protected Landscape Approach in Nepal (2005), by Budhathoki, reviews landscape conservation initiatives in Nepal and explores the opportunities and challenges they present for conservation, for the professionals and agencies engaged in this work, and for the general public.

Landscape Connectivity: An Essential Element of Land Management (2004), by the Wilderness Society, contains basic information about landscape connectivity and discusses how it can be used in conservation strategies.

Landscape Restoration: Moving from Generalities to Methodologies (2003), by Holl et al, reviews the methods used to assess the role of these processes in past studies, and suggest ways to use past and ongoing restoration activities to increase our understanding of large-scale processes and improve restoration projects.

Plant Invaders, Global Change and Landscape Restoration (2003), by Pyke and Knick, provides a brief overview of the major human-induced agents of environmental change and their potential consequences on invasive species.

The Focal-Species Approach and Landscape Restoration: a Critique (2002), by Lindenmayer et al, attempts to raise awareness about the potential limitations of the focal-species approach and to ensure that land managers do not assume it will inevitably lead to the conservation of all biota in a landscape.

Theoretical Constructs for Large-Scale Restoration (2002), by the Nature Conservancy, provides the context to understand the ecological, social, political, and economic principles and issues surrounding large-scale restoration.

Linkage Restoration: Interpreting Fragmentation Theory for the Design of a Rainforest Linkage in the Humid Wet Tropics of North-eastern Queensland (2000), by Tucker, reviews the potential problems involved with linkages, and examines some of the strategies adopted to overcome these issues in a linkage restoration project on the Atherton Tableland, in the Wet Tropics of north-eastern Australia.

Tropical Restoration for the New Millennium: The Role of Wildlife in Restoration – Abstracts from the 4th Annual Puerto Rico Forestry Conference, held in San Juan from May 23-28, 1999.

Do Habitat Corridors Provide Connectivity? (1998), by Beier and Noss, reviews published studies that empirically addressed whether corridors enhance or diminish the population viability of species in habitat patches connected by corridors.

Vital Landscape Attributes: Missing Tools for Restoration Ecology (1996), by Aronson and Le Floc’h, introduces a series of 16 quantifiable attributes for use at a higher spatial scale and ecological organisational level, the landscape. “Vital landscape attributes” (VLAs), should be useful in evaluating the results of ecological restoration or rehabilitation undertaken with a landscape perspective.

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