Step 3: Design the solutions

Requirements:

  • Maps of the ecological networks of the ecoprofiles
  • Maps of the planning area and its environs
  • Classification of the sustainability of the ecological networks
  • Ecoprofiles: data and spatial requirements

Result:

  • A map of spatial solutions for the ecoprofiles

What does this entail?

All the possible ways of attaining the desired situation are systematically explored and mapped. What determines how and where the desired situation can be attained are the spatial requirements of the selected ecoprofile, the current ecological network, and the physical opportunities in the landscape. Whether an existing network can be improved always depends on whether the desired habitat can be developed, which is why it is so important to have maps of the area showing the most important determinants such as water quality, soil type and groundwater level.

Implementation

This step is implemented in a workshop attended by local experts (people who know the biotic and abiotic situation in the area) and stakeholders in other important functions of the area.

Resources

a) Rules for designing:

Using a decision tree, the possible strategies for a sustainable network are reviewed systematically. The decision tree also gives insight into the ecological profitability of the solutions: Where in the landscape is it relatively easy to improve the opportunities for sustainable populations?

b) Robust Corridors Handbook:

A robust corridor is one of the strategies for improving an ecological network. The handbook contains guidelines and indicators for designing an ecologically functional Robust Corridor. It comes with an interactive Cd-rom for use when designing a Robust Corridor for your own area. The Cd-rom has images of examples of the multifunctional use of Robust Corridors.