“To date, we have relied on the knowledge and experience of the partners in prioritising projects. We would very much welcome advice and support in the use of tools such as the Condatis software to make better informed decisions and to show where the most vulnerable points in our networks are.” D. Crawshaw, Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
The Condatis project includes a Knowledge Exchange network to support the user community. The network aims to increase communication between researchers and decision makers who influence habitat creation and restoration actions. This will ensure that research can be guided by the most up to date experience within the practitioner community and that research findings can be incorporated into the decision making process for landscape-scale conservation.
The network is open to anyone with an interest in landscape-scale conservation, habitat connectivity and restoration planning. We hold training workshops and networking meetings, as well as providing an online forum for connecting to other users and sharing knowledge and good practice. We can also offer support with using Condatis and will be reviewing and updating the user manual and help files regularly. In order to be a success, the network needs input and feedback from its members and we are keen to hear from anyone with an interest in the project at any stage. To join the mailing list for regular updates on the Condatis project and its activites, please contact us.
The network is coordinated by Katherine Allen, who is undertaking a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship. The aim of this fellowship is facilitate the use of habitat network models to prioritise conservation actions. It is hoped that this type of analysis will become mainstream within conservation organisations, to enable more justifiable real-world decisions to be made with minimal overheads of time and money. The project has the following objectives:
- Create and maintain a network of current and potential support tool users across multiple organisations and sectors
- Compare Condatis with other habitat network models and elucidate the advantages and disadvantages in likely applications
- Identify and synthesise the available sources of dispersal, species and habitat data, and streamline the process of obtaining and using them in spatial models
- Deliver several case study projects using Condatis
- Produce clear and accessible documentation for Condatis