Monitoring and optimization of biodiversity corridors
Lead: AU and CREAF
Environment: Rural and peri-urban
Location: Catalonia, Spain
CitSci approach: Volunteered observations
Context, stakeholders and challenges
The need for functional landscape connectivity is crucial for animal and plant dispersal. National, regional, and local governments require standardized metrics to make strategic spatial decisions for protected areas, zoning, agricultural practices, land remediation, and international reporting to the Convention on Biological Diversity. They also require accessible information products to facilitate dialogues with stakeholders in the landscape, such as farmers, who are more sensitive to local contexts.
AD4GD aims to provide standardized metrics on the state and protection of biodiversity for national, regional, and local governments to make strategic spatial decisions about protected area networks, zoning, agricultural practices, and land remediation. The challenge is to quantify connectivity approaches, and it varies from graph-based models to remote sensing approaches.
The implementation plan involves working with stakeholders to identify existing data and protocols, co-designing FAIR computation services for connectivity, optimising the interoperability of these services with CitSci, administrative, and IoT data streams, prototyping transparent and reproducible reporting of resulting maps and metrics, and documenting and publishing services with metadata and semantic descriptions. The objective is to allow scaling to other geographic and climate contexts and use for projection/change analysis as required.
Joan Masó, a GIS and remote sensing researcher at CREAF is our coordinator. Let’s talk with him about the AD4GD project!