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  • Smithsonian’s Working Landscape Simulator

    The Future of Madre de Dios: Smithsonian's Working Landscape Simulator for Sustainable Development
    The Future of Madre de Dios: Smithsonian's Working Landscape Simulator for Sustainable Development
    Hadrien Vanthomme, Ana María Sánchez-Cuervo, Paola Gárate, Francisco Dallmeier, Adriana Bravo (Author)

    The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation and Sustainability (CCS) engaged in an innovative project to promote sustainable infrastructure planning via provision of strategic information and analyses. The CCS developed the Smithsonian’s Working Landscape Simulator, a modelling tool to help stakeholders in Madre de Dios (Peru) define a common vision for the future of their region. With the tool's seven-step framework for assessing and facilitating territorial management, the CCS team developed four quantitative scenarios and modeled land cover changes in the region until 2040 for each. Fifteen indicators quantifying scenario success were evaluated in three dimensions of sustainability: economic prosperity, human well-being, and environmental integrity. Also available in Spanish!

  • Simulador de Paisajes Productivos del Smithsonian

    El Futuro de Madre de Dios: Simulador de Paisajes Productivos del Smithsonian para un Desarrollo Sostenible
    El Futuro de Madre de Dios: Simulador de Paisajes Productivos del Smithsonian para un Desarrollo Sostenible
    Hadrian Vanthomme, Ana María Sánchez-Cuervo, Paola Gárate, Adriana Bravo, Francisco Dallmeier (Author)

    El Centro para la Conservación y Sostenibilidad (CCS) del Instituto Smithsonian de Biología de la Conservaciónparticipó en un proyecto innovador para promover la planificación sostenible de infraestructuras mediante el suministro de información y análisis estratégicos. El CCS desarrolló el Simulador de Paisajes Productivos del Smithsonian, una herramienta de modelado para ayudar a los actores claves interesados en Madre de Dios (Perú) a definir una visión común para el futuro de su región. Usando el marco de siete pasos de esta herramienta para evaluar y facilitar la gestión territorial, el equipo de CCS desarrolló cuatro escenarios cuantitativos y modeló los cambios en la cobertura de la tierra en la región hasta el 2040 para cada uno. Se evaluaron 15 indicadores que cuantifican el éxito de los escenarios en tres dimensiones de sostenibilidad: prosperidad económica, bienestar humano e integridad ambiental. ¡Disponible también en inglés!

  • New in Museum Conservation

    Aluminum: History, Technology, and Conservation: Proceedings from the 2014 International Conference
    Aluminum: History, Technology, and Conservation: Proceedings from the 2014 International Conference
    Claudia Chemello, Malcolm Collum, Paul Mardikian, Joseph Sembrat, Lisa Young (Volume editor)

    Aluminum: History, Technology, and Conservation was inspired by a conference held at the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum, which was later followed by a workshop at the National Air and Space Museum. Both events were co-hosted by the Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation and International Council of Museums Committee for Conservation Metals Working Group, and attracted an enormously diverse group of speakers, organizers, and sponsors. The conference was the very first of its kind—the first conservation conference ever dedicated solely to aluminum. This book is the proceedings of that conference, and is divided into eight categories, each representing one of the event’s themed sessions. Download a free copy and become versed in the far-reaching uses and challenges of aluminum.

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