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Land, Volume 6, Issue 2 (June 2017)
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Cover Story As biodiversity conservation aligns with sustainability science, research and planning efforts need [...] Read more. As biodiversity conservation aligns with sustainability science, research and planning efforts need to reflect natural and human systems. Here we show how anthromes are an advantageous framing tool for conservation planning across systems. We used InVEST models to develop and explore LULC scenarios and to measure and bundle (cover figure) variation in biodiversity and ecosystem services in a region where dense settlements are expanding into woodland anthromes. We found that narratives created from anthromes forced stakeholders to articulate more realistic objectives and guided the identification of unanticipated opportunities. Ultimately, the anthrome paradigm allows researchers, planners, and stakeholders to better understand tradeoffs and synergies at landscape scales, which is essential for maintaining benefits for humans and natural systems in complex, rapidly urbanizing areas. View the paper