Open Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellowships - Facilitating the application of decision support tools for habitat creation

Lead Research Organisation: University of Liverpool
Department Name: Institute of Integrative Biology

Abstract

One of the biggest challenges for society in the 21st century will be to reconcile competing demands on land use while avoiding environmental degradation. Supplies of food, fresh water and energy and overall quality of life depend on the health of ecosystems, which are threatened by short-sighted land management practices and climate change. Species and ecosystems have limited capacity to survive climate change, especially in industrialised landscapes where natural habitats are fragmented, populations are small, and it is difficult for species to colonise sites that are newly climatically suitable.

In response to this challenge, many organisations are getting involved in ecosystem restoration, and aim to build a functioning ecological network which will be resilient to future shocks. Existing wildlife sites will form the backbone of this network, but its completion requires coordinated action on a vast spatial scale, involving a hugely diverse body of land users and landowners. Decision support tools can be invaluable to synthesise complex, spatial data and help to prioritise limited resources. There are various tools and sources of data available for informing landscape scale conservation and a number stem from NERC-funded science. In particular, computational network models can show how different habitat arrangements might maximise connectivity or flow through the landscape. One example of this is the NERC-funded Condatis software developed at the University of Liverpool. Getting informative outputs from such models requires accurate inputs, in the form of maps of habitat and restoration potential, and species traits. The UK has enviable collections of environmental and species data, much funded by NERC, but it can be complex to access and process.

The Condatis project and other habitat network models have catalysed great enthusiasm and support from stakeholders. However, barriers to uptake of the best tools have been identified, including a lack of plain English documentation, confusion about which software to use in which case, a lack of accessible data and a lack of completed case studies showing outputs successfully implemented on the ground. Limited time and resources within landscape scale projects is a compounding issue. This project will build a network for practical knowledge exchange between researchers and decision makers who influence habitat creation and restoration decisions in the UK and Europe.
The fellowship will focus firstly on improving understanding of the existing habitat network modelling tools and increasing awareness of them. An online community will be fostered by creation of a website, forum and social media. Documentation based on user feedback will condense the lessons learned from successful projects and accelerate the learning curve for new users. Secondly, partners will help to identify sources of species and habitat data, and explore ways of delivering easier access to these data for use in habitat network models. Thirdly, practical support will assist a small number of case study landscape-scale initiatives using Condatis, to achieve results on the ground. These case studies will be prepared as worked examples to guide new users and build confidence in Condatis as a decision making tool.

As a result of this fellowship, many relevant end-users will be better equipped to prioritise actions within habitat networks. The aim is that this type of analysis will become mainstream within conservation organisations, rather than specialised to a handful of individuals within organisations willing to invest months in analytical work. If this happens, more justifiable real-world decisions can be made with minimal overheads of time and money. The ultimate result will be that species and ecological functions are maintained in habitat networks that will be resilient for generations to come, contributing to multiple aspects of human prosperity.

Publications

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Description We continued to develop a software tool for mapping and prioritisation of habitat networks: called Condatis. Its purpose is to identify the most important wildlife sites for long-distance, multi-generation connectivity as needed by species during climate change. Where connectivity is currently limited, the software helps to prioritise locations for habitat restoration. The software can also show which parts of the landscape are most resistant to extinction in the long term. Condatis was designed to be used across the nature conservation and local planning sectors, with a particular focus on the UK, and seven major practitioner organisations helped in its design. We have continued to widen our user network and work closely with them to test Condatis using realistic data and to develop it to meet the needs of the user community. We have developed thorough guidance on using Condatis through testing with target users from partner organisations and a cycle of feedback and revisions, and we have made help and case studies available for free on our website. We have helped to attract new users to Condatis through several open workshops and a user mailing list.
Exploitation Route Conservation organisations can use software like Condatis to achieve real-word impacts such as: Prioritising very limited amounts of funding and manpower available for restoration by finding sites with the highest benefit:cost ratio. Winning funding for management or restoration based on evidence of the improvement in connectivity that would result. Calculating the connectivity cost of losing a site under threat, such that offsetting is effective, appropriate compensating habitat can be secured and inappropriate development is avoided. Winning cooperation from multiple landowners by communicating a coherent vision of the desired network. By these means, habitat will be created and restored to form a large-scale coherent ecological network for biodiversity conservation, which also delivers ecosystem services. In policy circles, the Condatis metric of long-distance connectivity ('conductance') has great potential to be used as an indicator to track the implementation of biodiversity and climate change adaptation policies. These potential impacts are starting to be realised in the UK and around the world, particularly in Indonesia, Malaysia and Ghana where we have collaborations since 2017. For more details see the narrative impact section.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment

URL http://www.condatis.org.uk
 
Description The following is a summary of the developing impacts so far. - Developing case studies with KE partners. Some partners are using Condatis to inform their conservation planning work and more are being identified through the KE network. These activities will form case studies to showcase the usefulness of the Condatis tool and to provide evidence of impact. In particular, Condatis is being used to plan nationwide analysis of habitat restoration priorities and, at a regional level, to identify key areas where ecological flow needs to be protected from future development, most notably the proposed high-speed rail route (HS2). These projects will be supported and developed as case studies, which will be written up to demonstrate the usefulness of Condatis to other users. - Condatis was used by the Woodland Trust and the Community Forests in their planning for the Government-backed, Northern Forest initiative which will plant over 50 million trees. Condatis was used to show importance of existing woodland for species movement and to suggest locations where tree planting could have maximum impact. - The Carbon Landscape Heritage-lottery funded project is undertaking Condatis analysis to determine the top-priority spatial locations where they might spend their restoration funds in the next 3-5 years - Condatis is among the tools covered by Natural England's Ecological Networks Evidence Handbook: A guide to map-based models and tools for planning ecological networks, and is being used to measure connectivity in pilot areas, where various new methodologies are being trialled alongside habitat restoration. - Condatis is referenced in the Town and Country Planning Association journal, available to all members of the TCPA. http://communityforest.org.uk/resources/Northern%20Forest%20article%20for%20TCPA%20Journal.pdf - Buglife have used Condatis to prioritise locations for wildflower habitat restoration within their network of proposed B-Lines. - Partners in Ghana, Indonesia and Malaysia have used Condatis in planning exercises for restoration and protection of tropical forest - we are still waiting to see whether the plans will be followed through. - Defra have piloted the use of Condatis as one of the indicators towards progress on the 25yr Environment Plan
Sector Environment
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Citation in Natural England Nature Networks Handbook
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://publications.naturalengland.org.uk/publication/6105140258144256
 
Description Featured as a 'useful' model in Nature Networks Handbook
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://publications.naturalengland.org.uk/publication/6105140258144256
 
Description Influence on practice
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Practitioners in Natural England and Wildlife Trusts are using Condatis to prioritise their restoration and habitat creation actions on the ground. This represents a shift away from land management at a site level which was previously prioritised based on popular or highly visited sites, towards management which considered the habitat network as a whole and considers where limited funds could be best spent to strengthen the network for the future. This will ultimately contribute to more resilient ecosystem support services in the future and safeguarding of our natural assets.
 
Description HEFCE ODA research seed fund
Amount £8,735 (GBP)
Organisation University of Liverpool 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 03/2017
 
Description Impact accelerator scheme (Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)
Amount £4,577 (GBP)
Organisation University of Liverpool 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 06/2017
 
Description Indicator development for the 25 Year Environment Plan
Amount £473,000 (GBP)
Funding ID PROJECT NUMBER 07111 Inteum Number 7123 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 03/2021
 
Description Innovation Follow-on grant
Amount £98,134 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/R009597/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 04/2019
 
Description International: Decision support for restoring ecological networks in rapidly developing, biodiverse countries
Amount £98,134 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/R009597/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 04/2019
 
Description ODA seed fund
Amount £8,735 (GBP)
Organisation University of Liverpool 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 04/2017
 
Description Translation to policy, practice and product for low and middle income countries
Amount £658,971 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T015217/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2019 
End 03/2021
 
Description Habitat Restoration using Condatis (RSPB & NE) 
Organisation Natural England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We will provide the two KE partners with a ready-made case study which will help their actions in the next few years. The activities to achieve this are: • Workshop to plan nationwide analysis of restoration priorities. • Rank suitable restoration areas according to their ability to improve linkages between the existing priority habitat patches. • Produce orders of magnitude improvement in the size of dataset that can be ranked, producing outputs at better than 1km resolution. Methods for achieving this include code optimisation, multi-threading, and reducing redundancy in the ranking algorithm.
Collaborator Contribution Datasets (maps) of restoration suitability.
Impact • We worked with Sarah Taylor, Natural England and Adrian Southern, RSPB, to plan analysis of restoration priorities using their datasets (maps) of restoration suitability. Natural England agreed to supply maps of Semi-natural Grassland for England and RSPB to supply Atlantic Oak woodland for Scotland. • Computational Biology Facility, University of Liverpool made it possible to run much larger analyses than ever before. They also implemented a job queueing system and the basic web interface, making it very easy to run large batches of jobs without supervision. • We ran the 'backwards optimisation' routine to rank suitable restoration areas of calcareous Semi-natural Grassland for England and Atlantic Oak woodland, according to their ability to improve linkages between the existing priority habitat patches. • Preliminary results were returned to Natural England and RSPB on 15th August 2017. RSPB intends to present the results at several forthcoming working group meetings where other key conservation NGOs are represented, and where they aim to coordinate their work towards 2020 conservation targets.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Habitat Restoration using Condatis (RSPB & NE) 
Organisation Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We will provide the two KE partners with a ready-made case study which will help their actions in the next few years. The activities to achieve this are: • Workshop to plan nationwide analysis of restoration priorities. • Rank suitable restoration areas according to their ability to improve linkages between the existing priority habitat patches. • Produce orders of magnitude improvement in the size of dataset that can be ranked, producing outputs at better than 1km resolution. Methods for achieving this include code optimisation, multi-threading, and reducing redundancy in the ranking algorithm.
Collaborator Contribution Datasets (maps) of restoration suitability.
Impact • We worked with Sarah Taylor, Natural England and Adrian Southern, RSPB, to plan analysis of restoration priorities using their datasets (maps) of restoration suitability. Natural England agreed to supply maps of Semi-natural Grassland for England and RSPB to supply Atlantic Oak woodland for Scotland. • Computational Biology Facility, University of Liverpool made it possible to run much larger analyses than ever before. They also implemented a job queueing system and the basic web interface, making it very easy to run large batches of jobs without supervision. • We ran the 'backwards optimisation' routine to rank suitable restoration areas of calcareous Semi-natural Grassland for England and Atlantic Oak woodland, according to their ability to improve linkages between the existing priority habitat patches. • Preliminary results were returned to Natural England and RSPB on 15th August 2017. RSPB intends to present the results at several forthcoming working group meetings where other key conservation NGOs are represented, and where they aim to coordinate their work towards 2020 conservation targets.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Mersey Forest -KE 
Organisation The Mersey Forest
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We supported the team with their analyses and interpretation to inform their successful application for funding the Northern Forest.
Collaborator Contribution Mersey Forest produced a map of connectivity of woodlands to help prioritise the planting of 50 million trees in England's Northern Forest. They showed links between cells that are hard jumps for species to make, so they are places where connectivity is low. These places are being used to focus conservation efforts, as habitat restoration or creation in these areas should increase the overall connectivity of the landscape.
Impact Condatis outputs were one of the layers used to produce the final maps that secured government support and funding for the Northern Forest. The maps are now being used to inform the planting of trees across the region.
Start Year 2016
 
Description ODA seed fund group 
Organisation Bogor Agricultural University
Country Indonesia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Goals (i) and (iii) have been achieved through the development and launch of Condatis Version 1.0, which can be accessed from any computer, for free, via www.webapp.condatis.org.uk. Each of the three collaborative case studies has focused on advancing a particular component of Condatis as well as providing specific guidance for the region: Enhancing Sabah's Protected Area network, Malaysian Borneo, focused on the prioritisation of forested cells for connectivity in multiple directions. Condatis outputs are being used to inform the decision making process for prioritising new protected areas in Sabah within this SEARRP-led project. Scenarios for wildlife corridor restoration in Java, Indonesia, focused on the inclusion of habitat quality effects for flagship species. Condatis could provide ecological support for future restoration interventions, and help communities to compare different options as part of an interactive mapping process. A holistic restoration prioritisation scheme in Mount Halimun Salak National Park could be achieved by combining Condatis analyses with on-the-ground knowledge. Expanding shade cocoa in Western Ghana, focused on robustness to uncertainty when limited ecological data are available. Through focusing on the most ecologically efficient areas for enhancing the movement of forest-associated species across the expanse of cocoa farms, Condatis outputs could help to improve the success and reduce the overall cost of creating more resilient cocoa production landscapes in Ghana.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contributed knowledge about the issues and routes to impact in their locations. They supplied the necessary data to run Condatis for their study regions.
Impact Funding of £8,735 received from University of Liverpool to pump-prime future GCRF bids. NERC Innovation grant - NE/R009597/1
Start Year 2017
 
Description ODA seed fund group 
Organisation Daemeter Consulting
Country Indonesia 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Goals (i) and (iii) have been achieved through the development and launch of Condatis Version 1.0, which can be accessed from any computer, for free, via www.webapp.condatis.org.uk. Each of the three collaborative case studies has focused on advancing a particular component of Condatis as well as providing specific guidance for the region: Enhancing Sabah's Protected Area network, Malaysian Borneo, focused on the prioritisation of forested cells for connectivity in multiple directions. Condatis outputs are being used to inform the decision making process for prioritising new protected areas in Sabah within this SEARRP-led project. Scenarios for wildlife corridor restoration in Java, Indonesia, focused on the inclusion of habitat quality effects for flagship species. Condatis could provide ecological support for future restoration interventions, and help communities to compare different options as part of an interactive mapping process. A holistic restoration prioritisation scheme in Mount Halimun Salak National Park could be achieved by combining Condatis analyses with on-the-ground knowledge. Expanding shade cocoa in Western Ghana, focused on robustness to uncertainty when limited ecological data are available. Through focusing on the most ecologically efficient areas for enhancing the movement of forest-associated species across the expanse of cocoa farms, Condatis outputs could help to improve the success and reduce the overall cost of creating more resilient cocoa production landscapes in Ghana.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contributed knowledge about the issues and routes to impact in their locations. They supplied the necessary data to run Condatis for their study regions.
Impact Funding of £8,735 received from University of Liverpool to pump-prime future GCRF bids. NERC Innovation grant - NE/R009597/1
Start Year 2017
 
Description ODA seed fund group 
Organisation Forestry Research Institute of Ghana
Country Ghana 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Goals (i) and (iii) have been achieved through the development and launch of Condatis Version 1.0, which can be accessed from any computer, for free, via www.webapp.condatis.org.uk. Each of the three collaborative case studies has focused on advancing a particular component of Condatis as well as providing specific guidance for the region: Enhancing Sabah's Protected Area network, Malaysian Borneo, focused on the prioritisation of forested cells for connectivity in multiple directions. Condatis outputs are being used to inform the decision making process for prioritising new protected areas in Sabah within this SEARRP-led project. Scenarios for wildlife corridor restoration in Java, Indonesia, focused on the inclusion of habitat quality effects for flagship species. Condatis could provide ecological support for future restoration interventions, and help communities to compare different options as part of an interactive mapping process. A holistic restoration prioritisation scheme in Mount Halimun Salak National Park could be achieved by combining Condatis analyses with on-the-ground knowledge. Expanding shade cocoa in Western Ghana, focused on robustness to uncertainty when limited ecological data are available. Through focusing on the most ecologically efficient areas for enhancing the movement of forest-associated species across the expanse of cocoa farms, Condatis outputs could help to improve the success and reduce the overall cost of creating more resilient cocoa production landscapes in Ghana.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contributed knowledge about the issues and routes to impact in their locations. They supplied the necessary data to run Condatis for their study regions.
Impact Funding of £8,735 received from University of Liverpool to pump-prime future GCRF bids. NERC Innovation grant - NE/R009597/1
Start Year 2017
 
Description ODA seed fund group 
Organisation Jambi University
Country Indonesia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Goals (i) and (iii) have been achieved through the development and launch of Condatis Version 1.0, which can be accessed from any computer, for free, via www.webapp.condatis.org.uk. Each of the three collaborative case studies has focused on advancing a particular component of Condatis as well as providing specific guidance for the region: Enhancing Sabah's Protected Area network, Malaysian Borneo, focused on the prioritisation of forested cells for connectivity in multiple directions. Condatis outputs are being used to inform the decision making process for prioritising new protected areas in Sabah within this SEARRP-led project. Scenarios for wildlife corridor restoration in Java, Indonesia, focused on the inclusion of habitat quality effects for flagship species. Condatis could provide ecological support for future restoration interventions, and help communities to compare different options as part of an interactive mapping process. A holistic restoration prioritisation scheme in Mount Halimun Salak National Park could be achieved by combining Condatis analyses with on-the-ground knowledge. Expanding shade cocoa in Western Ghana, focused on robustness to uncertainty when limited ecological data are available. Through focusing on the most ecologically efficient areas for enhancing the movement of forest-associated species across the expanse of cocoa farms, Condatis outputs could help to improve the success and reduce the overall cost of creating more resilient cocoa production landscapes in Ghana.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contributed knowledge about the issues and routes to impact in their locations. They supplied the necessary data to run Condatis for their study regions.
Impact Funding of £8,735 received from University of Liverpool to pump-prime future GCRF bids. NERC Innovation grant - NE/R009597/1
Start Year 2017
 
Description ODA seed fund group 
Organisation Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
Country Ghana 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Goals (i) and (iii) have been achieved through the development and launch of Condatis Version 1.0, which can be accessed from any computer, for free, via www.webapp.condatis.org.uk. Each of the three collaborative case studies has focused on advancing a particular component of Condatis as well as providing specific guidance for the region: Enhancing Sabah's Protected Area network, Malaysian Borneo, focused on the prioritisation of forested cells for connectivity in multiple directions. Condatis outputs are being used to inform the decision making process for prioritising new protected areas in Sabah within this SEARRP-led project. Scenarios for wildlife corridor restoration in Java, Indonesia, focused on the inclusion of habitat quality effects for flagship species. Condatis could provide ecological support for future restoration interventions, and help communities to compare different options as part of an interactive mapping process. A holistic restoration prioritisation scheme in Mount Halimun Salak National Park could be achieved by combining Condatis analyses with on-the-ground knowledge. Expanding shade cocoa in Western Ghana, focused on robustness to uncertainty when limited ecological data are available. Through focusing on the most ecologically efficient areas for enhancing the movement of forest-associated species across the expanse of cocoa farms, Condatis outputs could help to improve the success and reduce the overall cost of creating more resilient cocoa production landscapes in Ghana.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contributed knowledge about the issues and routes to impact in their locations. They supplied the necessary data to run Condatis for their study regions.
Impact Funding of £8,735 received from University of Liverpool to pump-prime future GCRF bids. NERC Innovation grant - NE/R009597/1
Start Year 2017
 
Description ODA seed fund group 
Organisation Malaysian University of Sabah
Department Faculty of Sustainable Agriculture
Country Malaysia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Goals (i) and (iii) have been achieved through the development and launch of Condatis Version 1.0, which can be accessed from any computer, for free, via www.webapp.condatis.org.uk. Each of the three collaborative case studies has focused on advancing a particular component of Condatis as well as providing specific guidance for the region: Enhancing Sabah's Protected Area network, Malaysian Borneo, focused on the prioritisation of forested cells for connectivity in multiple directions. Condatis outputs are being used to inform the decision making process for prioritising new protected areas in Sabah within this SEARRP-led project. Scenarios for wildlife corridor restoration in Java, Indonesia, focused on the inclusion of habitat quality effects for flagship species. Condatis could provide ecological support for future restoration interventions, and help communities to compare different options as part of an interactive mapping process. A holistic restoration prioritisation scheme in Mount Halimun Salak National Park could be achieved by combining Condatis analyses with on-the-ground knowledge. Expanding shade cocoa in Western Ghana, focused on robustness to uncertainty when limited ecological data are available. Through focusing on the most ecologically efficient areas for enhancing the movement of forest-associated species across the expanse of cocoa farms, Condatis outputs could help to improve the success and reduce the overall cost of creating more resilient cocoa production landscapes in Ghana.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contributed knowledge about the issues and routes to impact in their locations. They supplied the necessary data to run Condatis for their study regions.
Impact Funding of £8,735 received from University of Liverpool to pump-prime future GCRF bids. NERC Innovation grant - NE/R009597/1
Start Year 2017
 
Description ODA seed fund group 
Organisation South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP)
Country Malaysia 
Sector Multiple 
PI Contribution Goals (i) and (iii) have been achieved through the development and launch of Condatis Version 1.0, which can be accessed from any computer, for free, via www.webapp.condatis.org.uk. Each of the three collaborative case studies has focused on advancing a particular component of Condatis as well as providing specific guidance for the region: Enhancing Sabah's Protected Area network, Malaysian Borneo, focused on the prioritisation of forested cells for connectivity in multiple directions. Condatis outputs are being used to inform the decision making process for prioritising new protected areas in Sabah within this SEARRP-led project. Scenarios for wildlife corridor restoration in Java, Indonesia, focused on the inclusion of habitat quality effects for flagship species. Condatis could provide ecological support for future restoration interventions, and help communities to compare different options as part of an interactive mapping process. A holistic restoration prioritisation scheme in Mount Halimun Salak National Park could be achieved by combining Condatis analyses with on-the-ground knowledge. Expanding shade cocoa in Western Ghana, focused on robustness to uncertainty when limited ecological data are available. Through focusing on the most ecologically efficient areas for enhancing the movement of forest-associated species across the expanse of cocoa farms, Condatis outputs could help to improve the success and reduce the overall cost of creating more resilient cocoa production landscapes in Ghana.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contributed knowledge about the issues and routes to impact in their locations. They supplied the necessary data to run Condatis for their study regions.
Impact Funding of £8,735 received from University of Liverpool to pump-prime future GCRF bids. NERC Innovation grant - NE/R009597/1
Start Year 2017
 
Description ODA seed fund group 
Organisation University of York
Department Department of Biology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Goals (i) and (iii) have been achieved through the development and launch of Condatis Version 1.0, which can be accessed from any computer, for free, via www.webapp.condatis.org.uk. Each of the three collaborative case studies has focused on advancing a particular component of Condatis as well as providing specific guidance for the region: Enhancing Sabah's Protected Area network, Malaysian Borneo, focused on the prioritisation of forested cells for connectivity in multiple directions. Condatis outputs are being used to inform the decision making process for prioritising new protected areas in Sabah within this SEARRP-led project. Scenarios for wildlife corridor restoration in Java, Indonesia, focused on the inclusion of habitat quality effects for flagship species. Condatis could provide ecological support for future restoration interventions, and help communities to compare different options as part of an interactive mapping process. A holistic restoration prioritisation scheme in Mount Halimun Salak National Park could be achieved by combining Condatis analyses with on-the-ground knowledge. Expanding shade cocoa in Western Ghana, focused on robustness to uncertainty when limited ecological data are available. Through focusing on the most ecologically efficient areas for enhancing the movement of forest-associated species across the expanse of cocoa farms, Condatis outputs could help to improve the success and reduce the overall cost of creating more resilient cocoa production landscapes in Ghana.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contributed knowledge about the issues and routes to impact in their locations. They supplied the necessary data to run Condatis for their study regions.
Impact Funding of £8,735 received from University of Liverpool to pump-prime future GCRF bids. NERC Innovation grant - NE/R009597/1
Start Year 2017
 
Description Warwickshire County Council - KE 
Organisation Warwickshire County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We provided support and advice for the analyses required. We ran models when they exceeded the capabilities of the partners computing systems.
Collaborator Contribution Warwickshire County Council, who have done some impressive modelling with Condatis. They were interested in woodland connectivity across their region and in particular how the proposed HS2 route would intersect with major flow routes for species range expansion.
Impact Their team then used the information from Condatis to make a case to HS2 for green bridges and underpasses to help species needing to move through these areas. Unfortunately this wasn't adopted, but the maps are still being used in planning discussions for HS2. The maps are also freely available on the County Council's website, and are in use by planners in the region for assessing the impacts of new developments, and for decision making at a landscape scale.
Start Year 2016
 
Title Condatis 1.1 
Description Condatis has been upgraded to a web application, able to perform the kind of analysis most demanded by partners, including the ability to run analyses on large data sets, currently impossible on the desktop version of Condatis. The most recent version incorporates some features that are commonly asked for by users. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2020 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The softwre acn now be accessed by users across the world without restrictions imposed by the computing power available to them. In collaboration with partenrs we have identified the most useful features the software should have and incorporated them. 
URL https://www.webapp.condatis.org.uk/
 
Description Condatis network meetings 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We host meetings of our knowledge exchange network to promote sharing of good practice, experiences and updates to the knowledge base. The first was attended by 18 members of the network. Lots of discussion took place as well as a structured feedback gathering session, which will guide future developments. Members reported that the meeting was useful and they would like to continue to participate in the network.

Subsequent meetings have enabled the growth of the Condatis network and have allowed users to network and form supportive realtionships which will extend beyond the project's end date. Training has been provided to existing and potential users and discussions have been tailored to inform the issues facing the network members at the time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://wordpress.condatis.org.uk/network-meetings
 
Description Condatis website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We developed a website for this knowledge exchange project. The purpose is to act as a hub for information sharing and support to use spatial decision tools.

As the project draws to a close, documentation will be uploaded to ensure the project's lagacy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL http://condatis.org.uk/
 
Description Network meeting 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We host meetings of our knowledge exchange network to promote sharing of good practice, experiences and updates to the knowledge base. Meetings have enabled the growth of the Condatis network and have allowed users to network and form supportive realtionships which will extend beyond the project's end date. Training has been provided to existing and potential users and discussions have been tailored to inform the issues facing the network members at the time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://wordpress.condatis.org.uk/events/network-meetings/network-meeting-2-30th-january-2018
 
Description Network meeting and Condatis 1.1 Launch, 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We host meetings of our knowledge exchange network to promote sharing of good practice, experiences and updates to the knowledge base. Meetings have enabled the growth of the Condatis network and have allowed users to network and form supportive realtionships which will extend beyond the project's end date. Training has been provided to existing and potential users and discussions have been tailored to inform the issues facing the network members at the time. The meeting in Feb 2020 launched Condatis 1.1 and included a training session about its new features. It featured presentations from 7 users on different projects that had used Condatis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://wordpress.condatis.org.uk/events/condatis-network-meeting-2020
 
Description Ongoing promotion of Condatis and spatial decision tools. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We attend conferences and meetings for practitioners and decision makers to present Condatis as a tool to support planning and raise awareness of habitat network models. We have presented introductions to the Condatis software to online networks such as the Ecosystems Knowledge Network and the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL https://youtu.be/d7pBPJa29tw
 
Description Workshops and training in Malaysia, Indonesia and Ghana 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our team made two visits to both Indonesia and Ghana, and one visit to Malaysia, where we held workshops with the aim of
a) collaboratively planning case studies where Condatis is used to answer a practical question about conservation management
b) bespoke training in Condatis for partners, other practitioners, and graduate students
In total these workshops had 36 participants in Indonesia, 39 participants in Ghana and 18 participants in Malaysia. The training has already led to some participants using the software without our help. Case study analyses were successfully conducted for all countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018