Partnerships and Planning Linkages

Landscape Patterns Environmental Quality Analysis

As part of Alberta’s commitment to an Integrated Resource Management System (IRMS) that can address cumulative effects, Environment and Parks (AEP), in collaboration with several other agencies and partnership organizations, is sponsoring the Landscape Patterns Environmental Quality Analysis.

The Landscape Patterns Environmental Quality Analysis is a partnership framework designed to get a better understanding of the relationship between human patterns of land use and environmental quality in:

  • Agricultural and forested landscapes
  • Air
  • Ecosystem services
  • Fish and wildlife
  • Urban landscapes
  • Water

Why this Analysis? It’s About the Big Picture...

Often, environmental impact studies tend to be highly localized. Focus tends to be concentrated on one or a few kinds of land use or aspects of a local environmental landscape.

Landscape Patterns Environmental Quality Analysis recognizes that ecosystems include components and processes that are interconnected across landscapes and are affected by human land uses.

How Landscape Patterns Environmental Quality Analysis Works

Managing and conserving the vast and diverse Alberta environment and placing this work in a larger Western North American context is a massive undertaking.

Landscape Patterns Environmental Quality Analysis adopts a phased approach to measuring the total impact of human activities on all parts of Alberta’s landscapes over time:

  • Phase One involves compiling and assessing existing research on the impact of human land use on the environmental health of the Alberta and surrounding North American landscape.
  • Phase Two takes the knowledge gained from the research analysis, and develops strategic approaches to balance sustained environmental quality with thoughtfully managed human activity throughout all parts of a given landscape.

For more detailed information on how Landscape Patterns Environmental Quality Analysis works, review the following documents:

Landscape Patterns Analysis and Regional Partnerships

Here are some of the ways in which the Landscape Patterns Environmental Quality Analysis results are being applied by the department working with our partners in regional environmental conservation and management in Alberta, Western Canada and the Northwestern United States.

Crown Managers Partnership (CMP)

Environment Canada

Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GNLCC)

Oldman Watershed Council (OWC)

  • Publications
    See this page for the document, Landscape Patterns Environmental Quality Analysis

Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (PPPLCC)

Prairie Conservation Forum (PCF)

 

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Updated: Oct 15, 2018