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The role of nature's contributions to people in sustaining international trade of agricultural products

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Marques, Alexandra ; Bonn, Aletta ; Castro, Antonio J. ; Chaudhary, Abhishek ; Felipe-Lucia, María R. ; Kastner, Thomas ; Koellner, Thomas ; Lancker, Kira ; Lopez Hoffman, Laura ; Meyer, Carsten ; Pfister, Stephan ; Rabeschini, Gabriela ; Willemen, Louise ; Schulp, Catharina J. E.:
The role of nature's contributions to people in sustaining international trade of agricultural products.
In: People and Nature. Vol. 6 (2024) Issue 2 . - pp. 410-421.
ISSN 2575-8314
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10607

Abstract in another language

1.Nature's contributions to people (NCP) are essential for the production and trade of agricultural, forestry and fishery commodities. Often, there is a spatial disconnect between consumers and the natural systems where the commodities are produced. Traded agricultural products are therefore dependent on nature and NCP in their region of origin.

2. The dependencies of agricultural products on NCP are, however, insufficiently recognised by consumers and are rarely considered in global environmental governance and trade policies along value chains.

3. Here, we synthesise studies highlighting dependencies of agricultural products on NCP in their origin locations to identify opportunities and challenges in quantifying their contribution in sustaining trade flows.

4.We suggest three methodological steps for quantifying NCP dependencies in international agricultural trade: spatial mapping of NCP supply and demand, linking NCP to agricultural trade flows, and tracing trade flows. Each methodological step requires further development and harmonisation to enable a complete accounting of how international agricultural trade depends on NCP.

5. Given the lack of knowledge and data on how NCP support agricultural trade, social and environmental trade-offs of natural resource management are currently hard to quantify. Quantifying the role of NCP dependencies of traded agricultural products can support their sustainable management, contribute to supply chain accountability and serve as input to sustainable natural resource governance and foster responsibility and equity in supply chains.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: dependencies; ecosystem services; international agricultural trade; Nature's contributions to people (NCP); supply chains; telecoupling
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professor Ecological Services > Professor Ecological Services - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Köllner
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
Research Institutions > Central research institutes > 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
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professor Ecological Services
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Central research institutes
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2024 10:07
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2024 11:04
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/88866