Farmland biodiversity and the footprint of agriculture

Butler, S. J. ORCID:, Vickery, J. A. and Norris, K. (2007) Farmland biodiversity and the footprint of agriculture. Science, 315 (5810). pp. 381-384. ISSN 0036-8075

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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
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 2 - zero hunger,sdg 15 - life on land ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/zero_hunger
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Organisms and the Environment
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Depositing User: Simon Butler
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2012 11:47
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2024 17:30
DOI: 10.1126/science.1136607

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