2011 ialeUK Conference
Wolverhampton University, Telford, 6-8 September 2011
The 18th annual UK meeting of the International Association for Landscape Ecology explored landscape ecology and ecosystem services.
There is growing recognition of the importance of ecosystem services, as heralded by initiatives such as The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) and the UK Government’s ongoing development of a Natural Environment White Paper. Key questions that landscape ecology needs to address at a range of scales include: how drivers of change influence the dynamics of ecosystems; how biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services are inter-related; how we can measure ecosystem health; how we can measure the economic value of services and supporting systems.
There were two days of presentations on science, policy and practice, networking events and workshops, followed by fieldtrips to the Long Mynd and Stiperstones, and the Black Country Living Landscape.