Spatial similarities between European agroforestry systems and ecosystem services at the landscape scale

Show simple item record Kay, Sonja Crous-Duran, Josep Ferreiro-Domínguez, Nuria García de Jalón, Silvestre Graves, Anil Moreno, Gerardo Mosquera-Losada, María Rosa Palma, João H. N. Roces-Díaz, José V. Santiago-Freijanes, Jose Javier Szerencsits, Erich Weibel, Robert Herzog, Felix 2018-10-16T14:54:46Z 2018-10-16T14:54:46Z 2017-10-04
dc.identifier.citation Sonja Kay, Josep Crous-Duran, Nuria Ferreiro-Domínguez, et al., Spatial similarities between European agroforestry systems and ecosystem services at the landscape scale. Agroforestry Systems, August 2018, Volume 92, Issue 4, pp 1075–1089 en_UK
dc.identifier.issn 0167-4366
dc.description.abstract Agroforestry systems are known to provide ecosystem services which differ in quantity and quality from conventional agricultural practices and could enhance rural landscapes. In this study we compared ecosystem services provision of agroforestry and non-agroforestry landscapes in case study regions from three European biogeographical regions: Mediterranean (montado and dehesa), Continental (orchards and wooded pasture) and Atlantic agroforestry systems (chestnut soutos and hedgerows systems). Seven ecosystem service indicators (two provisioning and five regulating services) were mapped, modelled and assessed. Clear variations in amount and provision of ecosystem services were found between different types of agroforestry systems. Nonetheless regulating ecosystems services were improved in all agroforestry landscapes, with reduced nitrate losses, higher carbon sequestration, reduced soil losses, higher functional biodiversity focussed on pollination and greater habitat diversity reflected in a high proportion of semi-natural habitats. The results for provisioning services were inconsistent. While the annual biomass yield and the groundwater recharge rate tended to be higher in agricultural landscapes without agroforestry systems, the total biomass stock was reduced. These broad relationships were observed within and across the case study regions regardless of the agroforestry type or biogeographical region. Overall our study underlines the positive influence of agroforestry systems on the supply of regulating services and their role to enhance landscape structure. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Springer en_UK
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International *
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dc.subject Biodiversity en_UK
dc.subject Biomass production en_UK
dc.subject Carbon sequestration en_UK
dc.subject Erosion en_UK
dc.subject Groundwater recharge en_UK
dc.subject Nitrate leaching en_UK
dc.subject Pollination en_UK
dc.title Spatial similarities between European agroforestry systems and ecosystem services at the landscape scale en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK

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