Land Use Intensification: Effects on Agriculture, Biodiversity, and Ecological Processes

David Lindenmayer, Saul Cunningham, Andrew Young

July 26, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 168 Pages - 15 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466517141 - CAT# K15093
Series: Advances in Agroecology

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Features

  • Tackles the pressing problem of the trade-offs between land development, agricultural production, and biodiversity conservation in an objective fashion
  • Covers the pros and cons of Land Sharing versus Land Sparing approaches through a number of global case studies
  • Presents the questions and array of possible answers for the optimal use of land as it applies to agricultural production
  • Uses an engaging style that will appeal to non-scientific professionals whose jobs are involved with land use, sustainable agriculture, and biodiversity conservation

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Summary

By 2050, the global population of humans is predicted to increase by 35 percent. Approximately 70 percent more food may be required, and this will take place against a backdrop of 15-40 percent land degradation. This book examines land use intensification and biodiversity conservation and its impacts. It also discusses whether suites of species, and/or functional groups of taxa will either benefit or suffer from land use intensification and whether it is possible to make robust predictions of biotic responses across landscapes, regions, and continents.

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