Fine-scale, spatially explicit scenarios for ecosystem service assessment in an intensive agricultural landscape: Couesnon 2050

We developed participatory, spatially explicit scenarios of land use changes in the Couesnon watershed for 2050 to locally evaluate of the potential efficiency of the EU Blue and Green infrastructure strategy.

Designing Blue and Green Infrastructure Networks (BGIN) has been recommended as a potential tool for land-use planning to increase ecosystem services while preserving biodiversity. This study focuses on the Couesnon watershed (Brittany, France). It defines and analyzes five possible pathways of future land-use and land-cover changes that include implementation of BGINs. Impacts on biodiversity were estimated by quantifying the change in landscape connectivity. It shows that the EU Common Agricultural Policy can jeopardize the BGINs effectiveness.

The study contributes to local stakeholders’ (farmers, water managers, representatives, etc.) awareness of the stakes of sustainable land management and of the need for integrated policies.

The scenarios were made in:

The scenarios look out to:

2020

2050

Project facts

France

Brittany

2020

Submitted by:

Houet Thomas

Project member

7 september 2022

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Fine-scale, spatially explicit scenarios for ecosystem service assessment in an intensive agricultural landscape: Couesnon 2050

Resources

Houet T., Palka G., Rigo R., Boussard H., Baudry J., Poux X., Narcy JB., Alvarez Martinez JM., Balbi S., Mony C., Lecoq L., Beganton J., Barquin Ortiz J. (In press) European blue and green infrastructure network strategy vs. the common agricultural policy. Insights from an integrated case study (Couesnon, Brittany). Land Use Policy.

Fonseca A., Santos J. A., Mariza S., Martinho J., Aranha J., Terêncio D., Cortes R., Houet T., Palka G., Mony C., González-Ferreras A., Silió-Calzada A., Varandas S., Cabecinha E. (2022) Tackling climate change impacts on biodiversity towards integrative conservation in Atlantic landscapes, Global Ecology and Conservation, 38 (2022)

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