Planners and policy-makers have particular needs to understand the relationships between factors that drive changes in the landscape, such as climate change, agricultural reform, new technology, and demographic change. Anticipating the ways in which the landscape and land use are likely to respond to these changes is an important part of policy development.
For example, the implementation of European Union policies such as the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and the Water Framework Directive are likely to have a significant impact on the way that land is used.
Public policy development and implementation is based upon scientific understanding and public engagement, both of which form a key part of our remit.
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Updated: 24 Apr 2013, Content by: CN