Contributions of the index of ecological connectivity to the territorial planning and the strategic environmental evaluation, in the context of the research and the policies ecological connectivity in Catalonia

Josep M. Mallarach, Joan Marull, Joan Pino

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Abstract

This paper presents in short the index of ecological connectivity (IEC), a parametric methodology to analyze and evaluate the ecological connectivity of terrestrial ecosystems. This is done in the context of the development of researches and policies of ecological connectivity in Catalonia, a Spanish Autonomy with full powers in land planning, environmental evaluation and nature conservation. The IEC has been developed by the authors in three consecutive versions during the last six years. The discussion includes the motivation of the IEC, its potentialities, and its present and foreseeable applications, mainly in land planning and strategic environmental assessment. Finally there is a discussion about the potential uses of the IEC in the frame of the directives for ecological connectivity of Catalonia of 2006.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-128
JournalDocuments d'Analisi Geografica
Issue number51
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

Keywords

  • Ecological connectivity
  • Index of ecological connectivity
  • Land planning

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