In this module, we examined a series of methodological tools, models, databases, and policy instruments that have been developed within SCALES towards supporting the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity across scales. Analyses were performed at local, regional (subnational), national and EU levels in order to provide results and recommendations regarding how these tools may provide inputs into the assessment and management of biodiversity. The selection of methods and policy instruments that are presented here is largely based on the results of the previous SCALES work packages (1-4). The overall objective of the module is to provide inputs to the following conservation tasks:
- Analyses and insurance of coherence and ecological sufficiency of networks of protected areas across administrative levels in terms of sufficiency and efficiency.
- Providing methods for assessing and improving our understanding on regional connectivity of habitats for various species dispersal distances and landscapes
- Advance and integrate our understanding and our scientific knowledge on monitoring of conservation status and trends of biodiversity across scales
- Assemble, integrate, and improve the most promising approaches to promote connectivity and mitigate fragmentation