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sustainable landscape design

Landscape design provides an approach under which bioenergy production systems can be integrated into other components of the land, environment and socioeconomic system. Landscape design is a spatially explicit collaborative plan for resource allocation and management. It should be applied to a particular area and developed with the involvement of key stakeholders. Appropriately applied, landscape design can guide choices toward more sustainable provision of bioenergy and other services.  The approach includes elements of design, monitoring and reporting of measures of sustainability along the bioenergy supply chain and within specific contexts. Landscape designs should be implemented in a way that is achievable from the perspective of producers along the supply chain.  Hence it requires clear communication of environmental and socioeconomic opportunities and concerns to both the participants in production and other stakeholders. The landscape design approach contains three basic steps:

(1) Develop landscape design scenarios with stakeholders for a defined spatial and temporal context
(2) Evaluate the scenarios applying best available science, data and tools
(3) Communicate landscape designs that best meet the multiple development goals (those prioritized for the defined spatial and temporal context).  Links to each presentation and the field trip briefing book can be found at

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Virginia Dale
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Center for BioEnergy Sustainability, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Virginia Dale
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