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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2009

Investigating biodiversity trajectories using scenarios - Lessons from two contrasting agricultural landscapes

Lindborg, Regina; Stenseke, Marie; Cousins, Sara; Bengtsson, Jan; Berg, Åke; Gustafson, T; Sjödin, Erik; Eriksson, O


Analyses of habitat areas, connectedness and landscape diversity suggested that the energy and recreation scenarios had a negative impact on farmland biodiversity, whereas the nature conservation scenario, the current and historically reconstructed landscapes had a higher potential for biodiversity. The farmers appreciated the nature conservation scenario, but also the energy production scenario and they highlighted the need of increased subsidies for management of biodiversity. The farmers in the high production area were less interested in nature quality per se. The executives had similar opinions as the farmers, but disagreed on the advantages with energy production, as this would be in conflict with the high biodiversity and recreational values. The local physical and socio-economical conditions differ between landscapes and potentially shaped the stakeholders emotional attachment to the local environment, their opinions and decisions on how to manage the land. We stress the importance of incorporating local knowledge, visions and regional prerequisites for different land uses in conservation, since site and landscape specific planning for biodiversity together with a flexible subsidy system are necessary to reach the conservation goals within EU. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Diversity; Energy production; Landscape perspective; Landscape scenarios multifunctionality; Nature conservation; Recreation; Sustainable management; Sweden

Published in

Journal of Environmental Management
2009, Volume: 91, number: 2, pages: 499-508

      SLU Authors

      • Berg, Åke

        • Swedish Biodiversity Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

      Sustainable Development Goals

      SDG15 Life on land
      SDG2 Zero hunger
      SDG12 Responsible consumption and production

      UKÄ Subject classification

      Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
      Agricultural Science

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