Landscape monitoring as a tool in improving environmental security
In order to safeguard our environment, we need precise, objective information about how that environment is changing over time. In particular, we need to be able to identify driving forces of change and to assess the success of environmental policies in managing change. The Norwegian Monitoring Programme for Agricultural Landscapes was designed to provide an empirical foundation on which to assess the effectiveness of agri-environmental policies. This sample-based programme aims to deliver indicators of landscape change, primarily based on measures of spatial structure derived from aerial photographs. In this paper we present some of the first indicators of change from the monitoring programme and discuss the implications of the changes in terms of landscape functions and environmental security.
Keywords: Landscape change, indicators, agri-environmental policy
KeywordsAgricultural Land Agricultural Landscape Landscape Change Cultural Landscape Environmental Security
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