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Landscape restoration in a mixed agricultural-forest catchment: planning a buffer strip and hedgerow network in a Chilean biodiversity hotspot

Rey Benayas, José M.; Altamirano, Adison; Miranda, Alejandro; Catalán, Germán; Prado, Marco; Lisón, Fulgencio; Bullock, James M.. 2020 Landscape restoration in a mixed agricultural-forest catchment: planning a buffer strip and hedgerow network in a Chilean biodiversity hotspot. Ambio, 49 (1). 310-323. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-019-01149-2

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Abstract/Summary

Guidance for large-scale restoration of natural or semi-natural linear vegetation elements that takes into account the need to maintain human livelihoods such as farming is often lacking. Focusing on a Chilean biodiversity hotspot, we assessed the landscape in terms of existing woody vegetation elements and proposed a buffer strip and hedgerow network. We used spatial analysis based on Google Earth imagery and QGIS, field surveys, seven guidelines linked to prioritization criteria and seedling availability in the region’s nurseries, and estimated the budget for implementing the proposed network. The target landscapes require restoring 0.89 ha km−2 of woody buffer strips to meet Chilean law; 1.4 ha km−2 of new hedgerows is also proposed. The cost of restoration in this landscape is estimated in ca. USD 6900 per planted ha of buffer strips and hedgerows. Financial incentives, education, and professional training of farmers are identified as key issues to implement the suggested restoration actions.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-019-01149-2
CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 0044-7447
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Additional Keywords: connectivity, conservation, ecosystem services, farmland, land-sharing, living fences
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 28 Mar 2019 15:16 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/522725

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