Integrating spatial data on the rural economy, land use and biodiversity

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Award: RES-224-25-0099
PI: Piran White, Environment Department, University of York
Dates: 15/11/2004 - 13/04/2005
 
The emphasis of government policy on sustainable development has highlighted the importance of maintaining and enhancing biodiversity on local, regional and national scales. But this objective must be set against significant policy changes that are altering the shape of the rural economy. Understanding the links between biodiversity and economy is therefore important. However, this has been hindered in the past because ecological and socio-economic data are collated in different ways. The aim of this project is to use a new technique within a Geographical Information System to bring these different data sources together, to allow us to investigate the relationships between biodiversity (birds and mammals) and agricultural production at different scales. This integrative approach has the potential to be of considerable value in informing policy in rural areas over the next 10-20 years. It will be of benefit to government departments at both national and regional levels, and nature conservation organisations. The indirect benefits will also extend to local communities and volunteers who collect data on the distribution and abundance of species in the countryside.

Data created

Integrating spatial data on rural economy, land use and biodiversity
The emphasis of government policy on sustainable development has highlighted the importance of maintaining and enhancing biodiversity on local, regional and national scales. But this objective must be set against significant policy changes that are altering the shape of the rural economy. Understanding the links between biodiversity and economy is therefore important. However, this has been hindered in the past because ecological and socio-economic data are collated in different ways. The aim of this project is to use a new technique within a Geographical Information System to bring these different data sources together, to allow us to investigate the relationships between biodiversity (birds and mammals) and agricultural production at different scales. This integrative approach has the potential to be of considerable value in informing policy in rural areas over the next 10-20 years. It will be of benefit to government departments at both national and regional levels, and nature conservation organisations. The indirect benefits will also extend to local communities and volunteers who collect data on the distribution and abundance of species in the countryside.

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Data type: Quantitative
Data format: geospatial
Sample size:
Country: United Kingdom
Status: Research completed - data integrated into SECRA datasets

Publications and outputs

Article (1)
The association of natural, social and economic factors with bird species richness in rural England
Piran White; Dominic Moran; Meg Huby; Steve Cinderby; Andrew Crowe; Simon Gillings; Colin McClean; Anne Owen
27/02/2007

Conference paper (3)
Integrating spatial data on the rural economy and land use
Piran White; Dominic Moran; Simon Gillings; Dave Raffaelli; Colin McClean; Andrew Crowe; Stephen Harris
27/02/2007

Bridging the disciplinary divide : integrating data to understand patterns and processes in human-dominated landscapes
Piran White; Dave Raffaelli; Colin McClean; Andrew Crowe; Meg Huby; Anne Owen; Steve Cinderby
27/02/2007

Integrating spatial data on the rural economy, land use and biodiversity
Piran White; Colin McClean
27/02/2007