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Silvia Ceausu

Harmonizing Biodiversity Conservation and Productivity in the Context of Increasing Demands on Landscapes

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  • Ralf Seppelt, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH, University Halle-Wittenberg
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  • Michael Beckmann, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH
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  • Silvia Ceauşu
  • Anna F. Cord, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH
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  • Katharina Gerstner, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH
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  • Jessica Gurevitch, State University New York, Stony Brook
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  • Stephan Kambach, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH
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  • Stefan Klotz, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
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  • Chase Mendenhall, Stanford University, Stanford, California
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  • Helen R.P. Phillips, Natural History Museum
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  • Kristin Powell, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center
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  • Peter H. Verburg, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
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  • Willem Verhagen
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  • Marten Winter, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
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  • Tim Newbold, WCMC

Biodiversity conservation and agricultural production are often seen as mutually exclusive objectives. Strategies for reconciling them are intensely debated. We argue that harmonization between biodiversity conservation and crop production can be improved by increasing our understanding of the underlying relationships between them. We provide a general conceptual framework that links biodiversity and agricultural production through the separate relationships between land use and biodiversity and between land use and production. Hypothesized relationships are derived by synthesizing existing empirical and theoretical ecological knowledge. The framework suggests nonlinear relationships caused by the multifaceted impacts of land use (composition, configuration, and intensity). We propose solutions for overcoming the apparently dichotomous aims of maximizing either biodiversity conservation or agricultural production and suggest new hypotheses that emerge from our proposed framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)890-896
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • agricultural production, biodiversity conservation, land-use intensity, landscape composition, landscape configuration

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