Journal article

Catalytic potential of pollination services to reconcile conservation and agricultural production: a spatial optimization framework

Sofia Lopez-Cubillos, Rebecca K Runting, Margaret M Mayfield, Eve Mcdonald-Madden

ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS | IOP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

With a global pollinator crisis brewing, it is urgent that we preserve forests supporting wild bees and the services they provide, even in context where agricultural expansion is unavoidable. Though the maintenance of pollination services are known to be synergistic with biodiversity conservation and agricultural economic development, there are few decision support tools that explicitly show how to balance these competing objectives. We developed a novel, spatially explicit method that includes pollination supply, flow, demand, and benefits into an agricultural expansion context to improve land use decisions for agricultural outcomes that minimize environmental impacts. We provide the first ..

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Grants

Awarded by COLCIENCIAS


Awarded by ARC Future Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

SLC is supported by a doctoral fellowship award from COLCIENCIAS (No. 728), the University of Queensland Research Training program and the high degree research top-up scholarship granted by the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED). EMM is funded by an ARC Future Fellowship (FT170100140). MMM was funded by an ARC Future Fellowship (FT130100255). We appreciate the help provided by Ruben Venegas-Li with the land use data and Felipe Suarez-Castro with the coffee suitability analysis. We also thank Taylor Ricketts, Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer, and two anonymous reviewers for making comments on an early version of the manuscript.