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Landscape Opportunity

The extent and variety of natural features and landscapes.



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How does landscape opportunity contribute to ecosystem service provision? 

The view from Mt French shows the potential opportuntiy from the landscape due to the variety of geology and ecosystems.

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The extent and variety of natural features and landscapes provides inspiration and motivation, traditional owner and other cultural, historical and aesthetic values; health enhancement; sense of place; amenity; recreational, scientific and educational opportunity.

Table 1 below presents the relative magnitude landscape opportunity contributes to different ecosystem services (relative to other ecosystem functions) in SEQ.


What is the temporal and geographic scale landscape opportunity operates at and services are delivered?

The flow of the function to services is governed by both human population density and their proximity or access to the areas that provide the functions. If people do not have access to various landscapes, they cannot benefit from this function. However, various landscapes will have different values in the minds of different people, therefore not having access to some landscapes is not necessarily detrimental to certain individuals, but is detrimental to the population as a whole. Sometimes the continued existence of these areas is sufficient to provide some of the services (existence value).


How do we know if we are degrading, maintaining or improving landscape opportunity in SEQ?


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The extent, variety and condition of natural systems are being degraded by land use practices and the impacts of urbanisation. This is documented and monitored by State of the Environment Reports, State of the Region Reports, Regional Ecosystem Mapping, landcover mapping and tree clearing surveys. Manual surveys and mapping as well as monitoring and sampling programs are complemented by remote sensing data sets.


How do we manage this ecosystem function in SEQ?

This ecosystem function has no identified coordinated management system, policy, legislation or budget. Individual components are managed by the Queensland Government's Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, the Department of Energy and Water Supply, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing,, local governments, NGOs and private individuals.