How can landscape sensitivity analyses assist in IWM?

The analyses of the landscape sensitivity assist for IWM planning, since the output of the assessment serve as basis for characterisation of the catchment area. These data are needed as input data for scenario modelling or drafting management options.

Four key principles are central to the understanding and appropriate use of Landscape Sensitivity Assessment. They are:

  • the emphasis placed on landscape character;
  • the division between the process of characterisation and the making of judgements to inform decisions;
  • the roles for both objectivity and subjectivity in the process;
  • the potential for application at different scales.