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Category Text Publication
Reference Category Preprints
DOI 10.1101/2023.01.30.525902
Licence creative commons licence
Title (Primary) Sustainable land management enhances ecological and economic multifunctionality under ambient and future climate
Author Scherzinger, F.; Schädler, M.; Reitz, T.; Yin, R.; Auge, H. ORCID logo ; Merbach, I.; Roscher, C.; Harpole, S. ORCID logo ; Berger, S.; Blagodatskaya, E.; Siebert, J.; Ciobanu, M.; Eisenhauer, N.; Quaas, M.
Source Titel bioRxiv
Year 2023
Department BZF; BOOEK; iDiv; PHYDIV
Language englisch
Topic T5 Future Landscapes
Abstract Anthropogenic activity is threatening ecosystem multifunctionality, i.e. the ability of ecosystems to provide multiple functions and services which are vital for human well-being. Here we assess how multifunctionality of agroecosystems in Central Germany depends on land-use type and climate change. Our analysis included 13 ecosystem functions in a large-scale field experiment with five different land-use types (three grassland and two farmland types either sustainably or intensively managed) under two different climate scenarios (ambient and future climate). We consider ecological measures of multifunctionality using averaging approaches with different weights, i.a. reflecting preferences of farmers and environmentalists, and assess an economic multifunctionality measure based on the total value of ecosystem services. Results show that intensive management and future climate decrease ecological multifunctionality for multiple weighting scenarios in both grassland and farmland. Only under a weighting according to farmers’ preferences, intensively-managed grassland shows higher multifunctionality as compared to sustainably-managed grassland. The economic multifunctionality measure, which includes economic benefits for society at large, reveals a multifunctionality about ∼1.7 times higher for sustainable compared to intensive management for both grassland and farmland. Above-belowground biodiversity correlates positively with ecosystem multifunctionality and is expected to be one of its main drivers. Based on these findings, we suggest to promote and economically incentivise sustainable land management that enhances both ecological and economic multifunctionality, also under future climatic conditions.
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Scherzinger, F., Schädler, M., Reitz, T., Yin, R., Auge, H., Merbach, I., Roscher, C., Harpole, S., Berger, S., Blagodatskaya, E., Siebert, J., Ciobanu, M., Eisenhauer, N., Quaas, M. (2023):
Sustainable land management enhances ecological and economic multifunctionality under ambient and future climate
bioRxiv 10.1101/2023.01.30.525902