Disentangling the role of management practices on ecosystem services delivery in Mediterranean silvopastoral systems: Synergies and trade-offs through expert-based assessment
Olaizola, Ana M.
Silvopastoral systems (SPS) emerge with a renewal interest in the Mediterranean for their promotion of multifunctionality through a variety of ecosystem services (ES). However, the understanding of how combined forestry and pastoral practices affect the ES delivery as well as the synergies and trade-off dynamics amongst them is still very limited. We applied the structured expert consultation Delphi method to assess the medium-term effect of relevant silvopastoral management practices (SMP) on the delivery of provision, regulation and maintenance and cultural ES in Mediterranean mid-mountain SPS in Spain. The deliberation process entailed two rounds and the Delphi panel was finally formed by 69 experts covering a broad spectrum of background and expertise. Results show that some practices, such as silvicultural treatments (e.g., thinning or coppice selection), play a multifunctional role contributing to ES delivery in bundles while some trade-offs are also identified between SMP, such as free animal grazing, and the provision of some ES. Synergies are also found between ES, such as livestock production and recreational hunting and between timber production and carbon sequestration, whereas possible trade-offs were particularly relevant between wildfire prevention and carbon sequestration. These findings can support decision-making processes towards sustainable and multifunctional silvopastoral management in the northern Mediterranean basin.
630 - Silvicultura. Arboricultura
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Forest Ecology and Management
Lecegui, Antonio, Ana M. Olaizola, and Elsa Varela. 2022. "Disentangling The Role Of Management Practices On Ecosystem Services Delivery In Mediterranean Silvopastoral Systems: Synergies And Trade-Offs Through Expert-Based Assessment". Forest Ecology And Management 517: 120273. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2022.120273.
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INIA/Programa Estatal de I+D+I orientada a los retos de la sociedad/RTA2017-00036-C03-01/ES/Silvopastoralismo como estrategia de adaptación para un desarrollo rural integrado en el Mediterraneo/
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