Implications of agricultural transitions and urbanization for ecosystem services

Cumming, Graeme, Buerkert, Andreas, Hoffmann, Ellen M., Schlecht, Eva, von Cramon-Taubadel, Stephan, and Tscharntke, Teja (2014) Implications of agricultural transitions and urbanization for ecosystem services. Nature, 515 (7525). pp. 50-57.

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Abstract

Historically, farmers and hunter-gatherers relied directly on ecosystem services, which they both exploited and enjoyed. Urban populations still rely on ecosystems, but prioritize non-ecosystem services (socioeconomic). Population growth and densification increase the scale and change the nature of both ecosystem- and non-ecosystem-service supply and demand, weakening direct feedbacks between ecosystems and societies and potentially pushing social-ecological systems into traps that can lead to collapse. The interacting and mutually reinforcing processes of technological change, population growth and urbanization contribute to over-exploitation of ecosystems through complex feedbacks that have important implications for sustainable resource use.

Item ID: 40939
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 0028-0836
Funders: James S. McDonnell Foundation
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 02:13
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050199 Ecological Applications not elsewhere classified @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050104 Landscape Ecology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 50%
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