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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2023

Tradeoffs and synergies in wetland multifunctionality: A scaling issue

Hambäck, P.A.; Dawson, Lucas; Geranmayeh, Pia; Jarsjö, J.; Kacergyte, Ineta; Peacock, Michael; Collentine, Dennis; Futter, Martyn; Hugelius, G.; Hedman, S.; Jonsson, S.; Klatt, B.K.; Lindström, A.; Nilsson, J.E.; Pärt, Tomas; Schneider, L.D.; Strand, J.A. ; Urrutia-Cordero, P.; Åhlén, D.; Åhlén, I.;
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Abstract

Wetland area in agricultural landscapes has been heavily reduced to gain land for crop production, but in recent years there is increased societal recognition of the negative consequences from wetland loss on nutrient retention, biodiversity and a range of other benefits to humans. The current trend is therefore to re-establish wetlands, often with an aim to achieve the simultaneous delivery of multiple ecosystem services, i.e., multifunctionality. Here we review the literature on key objectives used to motivate wetland re-establishment in temperate agricultural landscapes (provision of flow regulation, nutrient retention, climate mitigation, biodiversity conservation and cultural ecosystem services), and their relationships to environmental properties, in order to identify potential for tradeoffs and synergies concerning the development of multifunctional wetlands. Through this process, we find that there is a need for a change in scale from a focus on single wetlands to wetlandscapes (multiple neighboring wetlands including their catchments and surrounding landscape features) if multiple societal and environmental goals are to be achieved. Finally, we discuss the key factors to be considered when planning for re-establishment of wetlands that can support achievement of a wide range of objectives at the landscape scale.

Keywords

Ecosystem services; Wetlandscapes; Ecohydrology; Climate mitigation; Biodiversity conservation; Cultural services

Published in

Science of the Total Environment
2023, volume: 862, article number: 160746

Authors' information

Hambäck, P.A.
Stockholm University
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, School for Forest Management
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
Jarsjö, J.
Stockholm University
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
University of Liverpool
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
Hugelius, G.
Stockholm University
Hedman, S.
The Rural Economy and Agricultural Societies
Jonsson, S.
Stockholm University
Klatt, B.K.
Lund University
Lindström, A.
National Veterinary Institute (SVA)
Nilsson, J.E.
Uppsala University
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology
Schneider, L.D.
The Rural Economy and Agricultural Societies
Strand, J.A.
The Rural Economy and Agricultural Societies
Urrutia-Cordero, P.
Lund University
Åhlén, D.
Stockholm University
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Associated SLU-program

SLUsystematic

UKÄ Subject classification

Ecology
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.160746

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/120538