Is green infrastructure an effective climate adaption strategy for conserving biodiversity? A case study with the great crested newt
Teeffelen, A.J.A. van; Vos, C.C. ; Jochem, R. ; Baveco, J.M. ; Meeuwsen, H. ; Hilbers, J.P. - \ 2015
Landscape Ecology 30 (2015)5. - ISSN 0921-2973 - p. 937 - 954.
population viability analysis - triturus-cristatus - amphibian populations - extinction risk - habitat - conservation - landscapes - management - dynamics - patterns
Context Increasing the amount of green infrastructure, defined as small-scale natural landscape elements, has been named as a climate adaptation measure for biodiversity. While green infrastructure strengthened ecological networks in some studies, it is not known whether this effect also holds under climate change, and how it compares to other landscape adaptation options. Objectives We assessed landscape adaptation options under scenarios of climate change for a dispersal-limited and climate-sensitive species: great crested newt, Triturus cristatus. Methods A spatially-explicit modelling framework was used to simulate newt metapopulation dynamics in a case study area in the Netherlands, under alternative spatial configurations of 500 ha to-be-restored habitat. The framework incorporated weather-related effects on newt recruitment, following current and changing climate conditions. Results Mild climate change resulted in slightly higher metapopulation viability, while more severe climate change (i.e. more frequent mild winters and summer droughts) had detrimental effects on metapopulation viability. The modelling framework revealed interactions between climate and landscape configuration on newt viability. Restoration of ponds and terrestrial habitat may reduce the negative effects of climate change, but only when certain spatial requirements (habitat density, connectivity) as well as abiotic requirements (high ground water level) are met. Conclusions Landscape scenarios where habitat was added in the form of green infrastructure were not able to meet these multiple conditions, as was the case for a scenario that enlarged core areas. The approach allowed a deduction of landscape design rules that incorporated both spatial and abiotic requirements resulting in more effective climate adaptation options.
Destination Inspiration Using eTourism Tool
Goossen, M. ; Meeuwsen, H. ; Franke, G.J. ; Jong, A. de - \ 2014
In: Information and communication technologies in tourism 2014 / Xiang, Z., Tussyadiah, L., Springer - ISBN 9783319039725 - p. 895 - 907.
An internet-accessible tool for drawing up tailor made management plans for meadow birds
Melman, D. ; Schotman, A. ; Vanmeulebrouk, B. ; Kiers, M. ; Meeuwsen, H. ; Roosenschoon, O.R. ; Snoo, G.R. de - \ 2010
In: Proceedings of the Agri-environment schemes – what have they achieved and where do we go from here?, 27-29 April 2010, Oadby, UK / de Snoo, G.R., - p. 405 - 414.