Managing agricultural change for biodiversity conservation in a Mediterranean upland

Fonderflick, Jocelyn, Lepart, Jacques, Caplat, Paul, Debussche, Max and Marty, Pascal (2010) Managing agricultural change for biodiversity conservation in a Mediterranean upland. Biological Conservation, 143 3: 737-746. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2009.12.014

Author Fonderflick, Jocelyn
Lepart, Jacques
Caplat, Paul
Debussche, Max
Marty, Pascal
Title Managing agricultural change for biodiversity conservation in a Mediterranean upland
Journal name Biological Conservation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0006-3207
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.biocon.2009.12.014
Volume 143
Issue 3
Start page 737
End page 746
Total pages 10
Editor R. B. Primack
Place of publication Essex, U.K.
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Formatted abstract
In Europe, land use changes follow public policies, and particularly the Common Agricultural Policy. To predict the effect of policies on agricultural practices, landscape, and ultimately biodiversity, requires understanding of the interactions between social, economic and ecological dynamics at regional scale. We studied by means of prospective scenarios the possible effects of agricultural changes on biodiversity in a Mediterranean upland. This area is characterised by extensive grasslands that have been maintained for centuries by agriculture and are now threatened by tree and shrub encroachment. We built four scenarios that describe possible changes in agricultural EU policies by 2030. We selected 15 bird species on the basis of a high natural heritage responsibility of the study area for these species and 45 plant species on the same basis plus local rarity and habitat vulnerability. We analysed how these species were affected by the four scenarios by considering changes in their habitats. For each scenario, we analysed the driving forces that determine land use changes. Landscape dynamics was modelled with a Generalised Linear Model combining environmental and land use factors. Most of the 60 selected species depend on open habitats. Only the scenario where public support was only granted if it provided environmental services had a positive impact on open habitats and their associated biodiversity. This ‘natural heritage’ scenario was also rated positively by local stakeholders. This approach sheds light on the interest of inter/transdisciplinary studies, scenarios, and stakeholder involvement in the definition of public policies for biodiversity conservation.
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Keyword Agriculture
Landscape management
Land use
Conservation planning
Causse-mejean lozere
Presence-only data
Landscape ecology
Species distribution
Distribution models
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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