This project focuses on the Montérégie, an administrative region of Québec stretching from the US-Canada border north to the St Lawrence River.
Home to over 1.4 million people, the region includes the densely settled cities and towns of Montréal’s south shore as well as rural towns and agricultural lands to the south and east of Montréal.
The research team will build models of the connections between land use, landscape connectivity, biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services, using information from fieldwork to understand the current relationships between biodiversity, ecosystem services, and land use, as well as analysis of historic air photos and historic data about the supply of different ecosystem services over time. Consultations with community leaders will help researchers identify possible future scenarios for land use in the region. The models will be linked to the scenarios to help predict how future decisions are likely to impact land use, biodiversity, and ecosystem services.
Elena Bennett (McGill University, Canada), Marty Lechowitz (McGill University, Canada) and Andrew Gonzalez (McGill University, Canada)