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2006; Buyantuyev and Wu 2009, 2012). An urban landscape ecology that couples spatiotemporal patterns with ecological processes began to take form in the early 2000s. Since the publication of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in 2005, ecosystem services (and their relationship with human well-being) have increasingly become mainstream in ecology. This trend has been accompanied by the rapid development of sustainability science that focuses on the dynamic relationship between society and nature (Kates et al.
There are several core practical approaches where landscape ecology and landscape ecologists can help bridge the implementation gap (see Bammer (2005) for a detailed discussion). One essential approach is through engagement and direct interaction among researchers and stakeholders, including policy makers (van Kerkhoff and Lebel 2006; Gibbons et al. 2008). Knowledge exchange between different research disciplines, planners, land managers and other stakeholders builds trust, establishes lines of communication, and allows the identification of common goals.
New York: Cambridge University Press; 2007. Gibbons P, Lindenmayer DB, Fischer J, Manning AD, Weinberg A, Seddon J, Ryan P, Barrett G. The future of scatters trees in agricultural landscapes. Conserv Biol. 2008;22:1309–19. Golley FB, Bellot J. Rural planning from an environmental systems perspective. New York: Springer; 1999. Grimbacher PS, Catterall CP. How much do site age, habitat structure and spatial isolation influence the restoration of rainforest beetle species assemblages? Biol Conserv.