Tools

Tool name * Ecoseed
Description

Ecoseed is a zoning tool for the EwE software package designed to evaluate placement of protected areas. Ecoseed builds on the spatial-dynamic module of EwE, Ecospace, and is designed to consider economic, social biodiversity, and ecological criteria. It works by the user defining potential sites (‘seed cells’) for placement of protected areas (can be all spatial cells); the program will then evaluate each of the seed cells, and iteratively pick the one that optimizes a given objectivity function. It will turn the best cell into a protected area, its neighboring cells will be designated as seed cells (if they have not already been deemed protected), and the process will continue till all cells have been protected. In the process the benefit and associated cost is recorded and visualized. Ecoseed evaluates alternative forms for optimization by enhancing the functionality of Ecospace to accommodate Marxan solutions.

Category All, Decision Support
What step(s) in analysis framework 1a, 2a
What step(s) in Governance framework
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