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Title Fragmented landscape management: Integrating and implementing ecological research across taxa and scales

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Short title Fragmented landscape management

Author(s) Krug, C.B.(1); Cabral, J.(2); Esler, K.J.(3); Grant, P.B.C.(3); Horn, A.(3); Heelemann, S.(4); Kieck, M.B.(3); Kongor, R.Y.(3); Meyer, J.(5); Vrdoljak, S.(3); Reisch, C.(4); Samways, M.J.(3); Schurr, F.(2); Sharma, G.P.(3); Poschlod, P.(4)

Presenting author Cornelia B. Krug

Institution(s) (1) Department of Zoology, University of Cape Town; (2) Department for Plant Ecology and Conservation, University of Potsdam; (3) Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch; (4) Botanical Institute, University of Regensburg; (5) Animal Ecology, University of Marburg

Keywords habitat fragmentation, biodiversity pattern, ecological processes, ecosystem function, research implementation, decision-making framework

Abstract In order to successfully conserve and manage biodiversity on a landscape level in the highly fragmented lowlands of the Cape Floristic region, recommendations and guidelines arising from ecological research are necessary to inform conservation planning and decision-making. Investigation of fragmentation and management effects on a range of taxa revealed that responses to fragmentation vary considerably between groups, and are often confounded by management effects and variation in habitat parameters. This also affects ecological processes and ecosystem function at different scales in fragmented landscapes, requiring appropriate management and conservation strategies. Set of indicator species / guilds representing various taxa are a useful tool to monitor conservation and management actions, while at the same time, mitigation measures, such as restoration and creation of corridors need to be put in place. Research results need to be integrated and made accessible to managers and decision-makers to guide interventions. The research results are integrated in two decision-making frameworks, one on ecosystem health, the other on landscape management, aimed at a range of stakeholders to improve conservation planning and decision-making in the region.

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