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Large Landscape Conservation

Recommendations for Online Data and Tools

Brenda Faber, Breece Robertson, and Ellie Knecht

October 2012, English

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy initiated the Large Landscape GIS Project to provide design recommendations for an online platform of spatial datasets and planning tools that uniquely support and advance large landscape conservation. This effort focuses on web-based resources which are readily available and valuable for conservation practitioners, decision-makers, managers, and citizens working at the scale of large landscapes.

A gap analysis of over 100 existing web-based spatial datasets and planning tools indicates that there is significant opportunity for future investment in online tools and data for large landscape conservation. Targeted prototyping to explore these gaps, reveals that online technologies exist today that can provide a foundation for improved landscape conservation support. However, additional research and investment is recommended to advance online access to resources that uniquely support large landscape initiatives.