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A socioecological assessment of the relationships between grassland management practices and landscape-level ecosystem services in Pyrenees national park, France

Abstract : Extensive livestock systems in mountainous regions have allowed the preservation of numerous ecosystem services that are crucial for sustainable development. In this study, we assessed multilevel relationships between farmland management practices and agricultural landscape composition and configuration. The goal was to determine the conditions under which ecosystem services could continue to be preserved in the future. Our research was carried out on farms in the French Pyrenees, where 96% of the agricultural landscape consists of semi-natural grasslands. For the 37 farms studied (which covered a total of 760 ha), three contrasting management strategies were observed. The most common strategy seeks the long-term preservation of the different types of services (production, regulation, and cultural) provided by semi-natural ecosystems, from the field level to the landscape level. The other two strategies aim to, respectively, restore and improve the production services provided by farm grasslands. We discuss the future preservation of ecosystem services at the landscape level given the changes being experienced by the farming population and shifts in agricultural policy.
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Annick Gibon, Sylvie Ladet, Gerard Balent. A socioecological assessment of the relationships between grassland management practices and landscape-level ecosystem services in Pyrenees national park, France. Fourrages, Association Française pour la Production Fourragère, 2015, pp.305-319. ⟨hal-02631047⟩

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