Ecological Landscape Design
According to our research Ecological Landscape Design is achieved through the application of principles in the field of landscape ecology, agroecology and ecological design. To develop this process Taylor and Johnson (2009) propose 5 basic steps, (i) define the site and landscape context, (ii) characterize and analyze landscape structures, (iii) make a master plan using the ecosystemic approach, (iv) design sites to reveal ecosystem functions, and (v) monitor ecological functions.
Examples found in landscape-level biodiversity management include: the management of complex landscapes with forest areas and interleaved hedges showed higher rates of parasitism in pest larvae (Marino and Landis, 1996 in Lin 2011). Another example is canola crops adjacent to structurally rich and complex fallow land that had higher parasitism rates of pollen beetle (Thies and Tscharntke, 1999 in Lin 2011). Finally, the mixture of different organic crops with crops in a rotation scheme and also with intensive grazing carried a level of diversity that optimized the profitability of them (Boody et al., 2009 in Lin 2011).
Our main focus since 2003 has been to
1. Produce under some shade of trees
2. Connect the different biological corridors
3. Create natural barriers for pest, mixing crops in the landscape
4. Keep Conservation areas intact
We are looking for redundancy and resilience of the ecosystem