Advanced

Land-use choices follow profitability at the expense of ecological functions in Indonesian smallholder landscapes

Clough, Yann LU ; Krishna, Vijesh V.; Corre, Marife D.; Darras, Kevin; Denmead, Lisa H.; Meijide, Ana; Moser, Stefan; Musshoff, Oliver; Steinebach, Stefanie and Veldkamp, Edzo, et al. (2016) In Nature Communications 7.
Abstract

Smallholder-dominated agricultural mosaic landscapes are highlighted as model production systems that deliver both economic and ecological goods in tropical agricultural landscapes, but trade-offs underlying current land-use dynamics are poorly known. Here, using the most comprehensive quantification of land-use change and associated bundles of ecosystem functions, services and economic benefits to date, we show that Indonesian smallholders predominantly choose farm portfolios with high economic productivity but low ecological value. The more profitable oil palm and rubber monocultures replace forests and agroforests critical for maintaining above- and below-ground ecological functions and the diversity of most taxa. Between the... (More)

Smallholder-dominated agricultural mosaic landscapes are highlighted as model production systems that deliver both economic and ecological goods in tropical agricultural landscapes, but trade-offs underlying current land-use dynamics are poorly known. Here, using the most comprehensive quantification of land-use change and associated bundles of ecosystem functions, services and economic benefits to date, we show that Indonesian smallholders predominantly choose farm portfolios with high economic productivity but low ecological value. The more profitable oil palm and rubber monocultures replace forests and agroforests critical for maintaining above- and below-ground ecological functions and the diversity of most taxa. Between the monocultures, the higher economic performance of oil palm over rubber comes with the reliance on fertilizer inputs and with increased nutrient leaching losses. Strategies to achieve an ecological-economic balance and a sustainable management of tropical smallholder landscapes must be prioritized to avoid further environmental degradation.

(Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
, et al. (More)
(Less)
organization
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
subject
in
Nature Communications
volume
7
publisher
Nature Publishing Group
external identifiers
  • scopus:84991517828
  • wos:000385546700001
ISSN
2041-1723
DOI
10.1038/ncomms13137
language
English
LU publication?
yes
id
8a65b02d-6d9f-477c-af69-cf6a3c432ddb
date added to LUP
2016-11-01 08:11:42
date last changed
2017-11-05 05:08:48
@article{8a65b02d-6d9f-477c-af69-cf6a3c432ddb,
  abstract     = {<p>Smallholder-dominated agricultural mosaic landscapes are highlighted as model production systems that deliver both economic and ecological goods in tropical agricultural landscapes, but trade-offs underlying current land-use dynamics are poorly known. Here, using the most comprehensive quantification of land-use change and associated bundles of ecosystem functions, services and economic benefits to date, we show that Indonesian smallholders predominantly choose farm portfolios with high economic productivity but low ecological value. The more profitable oil palm and rubber monocultures replace forests and agroforests critical for maintaining above- and below-ground ecological functions and the diversity of most taxa. Between the monocultures, the higher economic performance of oil palm over rubber comes with the reliance on fertilizer inputs and with increased nutrient leaching losses. Strategies to achieve an ecological-economic balance and a sustainable management of tropical smallholder landscapes must be prioritized to avoid further environmental degradation.</p>},
  articleno    = {13137},
  author       = {Clough, Yann and Krishna, Vijesh V. and Corre, Marife D. and Darras, Kevin and Denmead, Lisa H. and Meijide, Ana and Moser, Stefan and Musshoff, Oliver and Steinebach, Stefanie and Veldkamp, Edzo and Allen, Kara and Barnes, Andrew D. and Breidenbach, Natalie and Brose, Ulrich and Buchori, Damayanti and Daniel, Rolf and Finkeldey, Reiner and Harahap, Idham and Hertel, Dietrich and Holtkamp, A. Mareike and Hörandl, Elvira and Irawan, Bambang and Jaya, I. Nengah Surati and Jochum, Malte and Klarner, Bernhard and Knohl, Alexander and Kotowska, Martyna M. and Krashevska, Valentyna and Kreft, Holger and Kurniawan, Syahrul and Leuschner, Christoph and Maraun, Mark and Melati, Dian Nuraini and Opfermann, Nicole and Pérez-Cruzado, César and Prabowo, Walesa Edho and Rembold, Katja and Rizali, Akhmad and Rubiana, Ratna and Schneider, Dominik and Tjitrosoedirdjo, Sri Sudarmiyati and Tjoa, Aiyen and Tscharntke, Teja and Scheu, Stefan},
  issn         = {2041-1723},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {10},
  publisher    = {Nature Publishing Group},
  series       = {Nature Communications},
  title        = {Land-use choices follow profitability at the expense of ecological functions in Indonesian smallholder landscapes},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms13137},
  volume       = {7},
  year         = {2016},
}