Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Eco-agriculture, a new landscape paradigm (journal)

Biodiversity conservation and agricultural sustainability: towards a new paradigm of ‘ecoagriculture’ landscapes

The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment confirmed that agriculture has dramatically increased its ecological footprint. Fortunately, agricultural landscapes can be managed to host wild biodiversity, with neutral or even positive effects on agricultural production. Innovative practitioners, scientists and indigenous land managers are designing ‘ecoagriculture’ landscapes to generate positive co-benefits for production, biodiversity and local people. We assess the potentials and limitations for successful conservation of biodiversity in productive agricultural landscapes, the feasibility of making such approaches financially viable, and the organizational, governance and policy frameworks needed to enable ecoagriculture at a globally significant scale.

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