A national survey of ecological potentials for developing natural areas in the Netherlands

J.M.J. Farjon, J.D. Bulens, A.H. Prins

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    Scenarios for nature restoration need information on the ecological potential in order to optimize scenarios. A method for a national survey is presented. The evaluation is based on an analysis of attributes and requirements of so-called target ecosystems and evaluation of data by a geographical information system. Three groups of requirements have been distinguished: ecological site factors, abiotic processes and environmental load. In all, some fifty abiotic characteristics were evaluated. The study resulted in maps indicating the abiotic potential in five relative classes on a square-kliometre grid.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationScenario studies for the rural environment : selected and edited proceedings of the symposium scenario studies for the rural environment, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 12 - 15 September 1994
    EditorsJ.T.H. Schoute, P.A. Finke, F.R. Veeneklaas
    Publication statusPublished - 1995


    • ecology
    • hydrology
    • landscape
    • landscape ecology
    • netherlands
    • plant communities
    • rehabilitation
    • research
    • vegetation
    • ecohydrology
    • ecological engineering
    • nature


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