In order to develop sound ecological health policies and
to guide human actions toward sustainability it is necessary to understand the functioning of the
Bioscape as one ecosystem. Our approach is to take a systems viewpoint
while studying the region broadly
across three dimensions: physical, biological, and human.
dimension includes geological foundations, soil, climate, air, and
The biological dimension consists of the fauna and flora that reside in
the Bioscape, from the level of genes to ecosystems.
dimension refers to the human influences on our environment, both
today and predicted future effects. Understanding the human dimension requires
demographics, economics, sociology, and urban planning.
In many ways,
heath and sustainability emerge from understanding these three
dimensions and wisely integrating them through policy, resource
management, and personal behavior. This new type of integrated,
landscape-level "bioscape management" will require innovative
public-private partnerships based on scientific understanding.
New York Bioscape Initiative strives to provide this kind of
critical knowledge to the New York Metropolitan Region. It is our belief that only through
understanding of these three dimensions, and their interactions, can we
learn to share our environmental space with other species of animals and
plants, and to safeguard human health. We also believe that health unites all species, and that ecological
health is essential to regional long-term sustainability and the quality of
life that most citizens envision.
We seek first to understand these
dimensions and their linkages - so that through a greater regional sense of
place, and by working together with a broad constituency of scientists
citizens, we will create new policies necessary to ensure a healthy Bioscape for
both people and nature, forever.