Journal article

Analysing how drivers of agricultural land abandonment affect biodiversity and cultural landscapes using case studies from Scandinavia, Iberia and Oceania

Ruth Beilin, Regina Lindborg, Marie Stenseke, Henrique Miguel Pereira, Albert Llausas, Elin Slatmo, Yvonne Cerqueira, Laetitia Navarro, Patricia Rodrigues, Nicole Reichelt, Nicola Munro, Cibele Queiroz

LAND USE POLICY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

Agricultural land abandonment (ALA) is widespread in many countries of the global north. It impacts rural communities, traditional landscapes, biodiversity and ecosystem services. It is an opportunity for ecosystem restoration or new landscape functions. We explored ALA in study areas in Australia, Portugal and Sweden. In each, we assessed plant species diversity, historical trajectories of land cover change; and the socioeconomic past, present and future in interviews with farmers. The ALA data was integrated and analysed by identifying the drivers of change. The relative importance of each driver and its scale of action was estimated, both in the past (1950-2010) and in the future (2010-20..

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