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Spatial correlation of agri-environmental measures with high levels of ecosystem services

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Früh-Müller, Andrea ; Krippes, Christian ; Hotes, Stefan ; Breuer, Lutz ; Koellner, Thomas ; Wolters, Volkmar:
Spatial correlation of agri-environmental measures with high levels of ecosystem services.
In: Ecological Indicators. Vol. 84 (January 2018) . - pp. 364-370.
ISSN 1470-160x
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.09.008

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The maintenance of multifunctional landscapes is essential for halting biodiversity loss and maintaining a balanced supply of ecosystem services. Policies of the European Union aim at achieving these goals, e.g. by designating protected areas, supporting organic farming or establishing other agri-environmental measures. We analysed the extent to which the application of such regulatory and incentive schemes relates to the supply of ecosystem services at municipal level. Our study focussed on two neighbouring counties in Germany (Wetterau and Vogelsberg, Federal State of Hesse) with contrasting environmental and socioeconomic conditions. Based on indicators for six individual ecosystem services derived from a suite of spatially explicit models, we obtained estimates of total ecosystem service supply (Total Ecosystem Service Value, TESV) as well as indicators for the balance in supply of different ecosystem service categories (ecosystem service clusters). Indicators for total ecosystem service supply as well as for the balance in supply of different service categories showed significant correlations with indicators for efforts made to maintain high and balanced levels of ecosystem service supply. The mechanisms causing the matching spatial patterns of the indicators are likely to differ for regulatory and incentive schemes. Natura 2000 areas are designated where habitats and species of conservation concern occur, and these areas provide co-benefits for balanced ecosystem service supply. The low uptake in highly productive landscapes, by contrast, suggests that agri-environmental measures currently do not motivate farmers to provide a broader portfolio of ecosystem services. At municipal level, indicators for both ecosystem services and policy tools provide valuable insights into the structure of regional socio-ecological systems. Incentive schemes aiming at stimulating high and balanced provision of ecosystem services in productive landscapes need to integrate socio-economic information on the factors driving decision-making by farmers and land managers.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER142728
BAYCEER145116
Keywords: Spatial pattern; Organic farming; EU common agricultural policy; Ecosystem services; Multifunctional landscapes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Ecological Services
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Ecological Services > Professorship Ecological Services - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Köllner
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2017 07:58
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2019 09:54
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/39781