Back to the future: rethinking the socioecological systems underlying high nature value farmlands

Ângela Lomba*, F Moreira, Sebastian Klimek, R Jongman, Caroline Sullivan, James Moran, Xavier Poux, JP Honrado, T Pinto-Correia, T Plieninger, DI McCracken

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Farmlands are currently among the dominant uses of the land. When managed under low‐input farming systems, farmlands are associated with diverse cultural and natural heritages around the world. Known in Europe as high nature value (HNV) farmlands, these agricultural landscapes and their associated farming systems evolved as tightly coupled socioecological systems, and are essential to biodiversity conservation and the delivery of ecosystem services to society. However, HNV farmlands are vulnerable to socioeconomic changes that lead to either agricultural intensification or land abandonment. We present a range of plausible future scenarios for HNV farmlands, and discuss the related management options and expected socioecological outcomes for each scenario. We then provide recommendations for policy, practice, and research on how to best ensure the socioecological viability of HNV farming systems in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-42
Number of pages7
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Issue number1
Early online date9 Dec 2019
Publication statusPrint publication - 1 Feb 2020


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