Environmental Modeling & Assessment

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 193–202

Designing a conservation reserve network with minimal fragmentation: A linear integer programming approach


DOI: 10.1007/s10666-005-9009-3

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Önal, H. & Briers, R.A. Environ Model Assess (2005) 10: 193. doi:10.1007/s10666-005-9009-3

In the biological conservation literature, the optimum reserve site selection problem has often been addressed by using the prototype set covering and maximal covering formulations, assuming that representation of species is the only criterion in site selection. This approach usually results in a small but highly fragmented reserve, which is not useful for practical conservation planning. To improve the chances of species' persistence, it may be desirable to reduce habitat fragmentation. This paper presents a linear integer programming formulation to minimize spatial gaps between selected sites in a reserve network, which is applied to a data set on breeding birds.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Agricultural and Consumer EconomicsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.School of Life SciencesNapier UniversityEdinburghUK