About this Research Topic
Conserving biological diversity in agricultural landscapes involves selecting and balancing a number of different strategies and management approaches, depending upon the local context and the project/intervention objectives. In some circumstances, effective biodiversity conservation involves the co-location and integration of farming and biodiversity management, in others it is better to concentrate food production and maximise yields of production on some areas of land, leaving others for wild nature conservation. But in practice, the situation is more far nuanced than this simple binary approach would indicate. For example, the choice of conservation strategies depends on the cultures and history associated with the landscape, the benefits that are sought and valued in a particular location (e.g. crop production only, or multiple ecosystem services such as water quality, pollination, or soil stability), on how the benefits of biodiversity are shared, and the extent to which biodiversity and productive agriculture are seen as synergistic or conflicting. The sustainability of the choices also need to be taken into account, as both production and the biodiversity-driven ecosystem services need to be functional and thriving in the long-term.
We are seeking papers that address such nuances, to explore under what circumstances different approaches are appropriate strategies for integrating biodiversity conservation with sustainable land use and agriculture, avoiding or mitigating trade-offs and seizing upon the opportunities presented by synergies.
Keywords: Biological diversity, Agricultural production, Biodiversity management, Land use, Conservation, Sustainability, Production, Wild nature conservation, Ecosystem services, Water quality, Pollination, Soil stability, Strategies, Intergration, Sustainable land use, Sustainable agriculture, Mitigation, Interventions