Exploring the ecological constraints to multiple ecosystem service delivery and biodiversity (pages 561–571)
Lindsay C. Maskell, Andrew Crowe, Michael J. Dunbar, Bridget Emmett, Peter Henrys, Aidan M. Keith, Lisa R. Norton, Paul Scholefield, Douglas B. Clark, Ian C. Simpson and Simon M. Smart
Article first published online: 22 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12085
Using techniques such as response curves to analyse multiple service interactions can inform the development of Spatial Decision Support tools and landscape-scale ecosystem service management options. At intermediate productivity, ‘land-sharing’ would optimize multiple services, however, to deliver significant soil carbon storage ‘land-sparing’ is required, that is, resources focused in low productivity areas with high carbon to maximize investment return. This study emphasizes that targets for services per unit area need to be set within the context of the national gradients reported here to ensure best use of limited resources.