Ecological Intensification: Bridging the Gap between Science and Practice

David Kleijn (Co-auteur), Riccardo Bommarco, Thijs P.M. Fijen, Lucas A. Garibaldi, Simon G. Potts, Wim H. van der Putten

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There is worldwide concern about the environmental costs of conventional intensification of agriculture. Growing evidence suggests that ecological intensification of mainstream farming can safeguard food production, with accompanying environmental benefits; however, the approach is rarely adopted by farmers. Our review of the evidence for replacing external inputs with ecosystem services shows that scientists tend to focus on processes (e.g., pollination) rather than outcomes (e.g., profits), and express benefits at spatio-temporal scales that are not always relevant to farmers. This results in mismatches in perceived benefits of ecological intensification between scientists and farmers, which hinders its uptake. We provide recommendations for overcoming these mismatches and highlight important additional factors driving uptake of nature-based management practices, such as social acceptability of farming.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)154-166
Aantal pagina's13
TijdschriftTrends in Ecology & Evolution
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusGepubliceerd - feb. 2019

Research theme

  • Restoration ecology
  • Global environmental change


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