Farmland biodiversity and the footprint of agriculture

Butler, SJ, Vickery, JA and Norris, K (2007) Farmland biodiversity and the footprint of agriculture. Science, 315 (5810). pp. 381-384. ISSN 0036-8075

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Abstract

Sustainable development requires the reconciliation of demands for biodiversity conservation and increased agricultural production. Assessing the impact of novel farming practices on biodiversity and ecosystem services is fundamental to this process. Using farmland birds as a model system, we present a generic risk assessment framework that accurately predicts each species' current conservation status and population growth rate associated with past changes in agriculture. We demonstrate its value by assessing the potential impact on biodiversity of two controversial land uses, genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops and agri-environment schemes. This framework can be used to guide policy and land management decisions and to assess progress toward sustainability targets.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
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Depositing User: Simon Butler
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2012 11:47
Last Modified: 21 May 2020 23:49
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/35064
DOI: 10.1126/science.1136607

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