This project will extend the database, creating GIbase 2.0., establishing search functions for planning portals across Scotland, automatically generating notifications of projects that meet specific criteria relating to project scale and type. This will allow both higher resolution data to be recorded and also ensure that GIbase 2.0 captures the most current schemes under development or in early-stage planning.
This project will Map the diversity and abundance of plant species used in green infrastructure across Scotland, and record this data in GIbase 2.0. It will use the UK PHRR to create relative risk profiles for each plant species, and, for commonly planted species, create high quality data sheets using published research, providing a valuable asset to policy-makers, local planning authorities, Green Infrastructure designers and developers.
This project was selected for funding from the Project Call: “Enhancing preparedness against pests and diseases: plugging evidence gaps for Scotland”.
PHC2021/08 will implement an Action Research approach, delivered through workshops co-designed with network organisations, to better understand current plant biosecurity risks in several sectors, to identify their plant health knowledge needs, and to begin to embed biosecurity training within existing organisations, programmes and processes.
The outcomes of the project will be:
• An enhanced understanding of the knowledge and training needs of different sectors and the identification of biosecurity actions that will fill some of the gaps identified by PHC2019/04/05/06
• The identification of further training needs and potential approaches to address the problems identified
• A legacy of close working relationships between the PHC and several network organisations, key to future plant biosecurity research or training delivery activities
Impact: Provide Scottish Government policy with an assessment of the major biosecurity pitfalls and opportunities arising from large-scale landscaping plantings.
Assessment of plant biosecurity risks to Scotland from large scale plantings for landscaping and infra-structure projects
Planting for large-scale landscaping and infrastructure can typically involve tens of thousands of individual plants, potentially threatening plant health in Scotland due to the biosecurity risks of imports and widespread planting of infested or diseased plants. This project aimed to understand the extent and means to mitigate against such plant biosecurity risks with a focus on mapping the pathways from plant specification through to planting and establishment and highlight different biosecurity awareness for actors, in decision-making and procurement processes.