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Biodiversity and agricultural sustainagility: from assessment to adaptive management

Biodiversity and agricultural sustainagility: from assessment to adaptive management
Biodiversity and agricultural sustainagility: from assessment to adaptive management
Rapid changes in land use, food systems, and livelihoods require social–ecological systems that keep multiple options open and prepare for future unpredictability. Sustainagility refers to the properties and assets of a system that sustain the ability (agility) of agents to adapt and meet their needs in new ways. In contrast, sustainability tends to invoke persistence along current trajectories, and the resilience to return to current baselines. With three examples, the use and conservation of agrobiodiversity is explored along temporal, spatial, and human institutional scales for its role in sustainagility: first, farmers’ seed systems; second, complex pollination systems; and third, wildlife conservation in agricultural areas with high poverty. Incentives are necessary if agrobiodiversity is to provide benefits to future generations.
1877-3435
80-87
Jackson, Louise
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Lipper, Leslie
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Foster, William A.
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Pulleman, Mirjam
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Jackson, Louise, van Noordwijk, Meine, Bengtsson, Janne, Foster, William A., Lipper, Leslie, Pulleman, Mirjam, Said, Mohammed, Snaddon, Jake L. and Vodouhe, Raymond (2010) Biodiversity and agricultural sustainagility: from assessment to adaptive management. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 2 (1-2), 80-87. (doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2010.02.007).

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Rapid changes in land use, food systems, and livelihoods require social–ecological systems that keep multiple options open and prepare for future unpredictability. Sustainagility refers to the properties and assets of a system that sustain the ability (agility) of agents to adapt and meet their needs in new ways. In contrast, sustainability tends to invoke persistence along current trajectories, and the resilience to return to current baselines. With three examples, the use and conservation of agrobiodiversity is explored along temporal, spatial, and human institutional scales for its role in sustainagility: first, farmers’ seed systems; second, complex pollination systems; and third, wildlife conservation in agricultural areas with high poverty. Incentives are necessary if agrobiodiversity is to provide benefits to future generations.

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Published date: May 2010
Organisations: Centre for Biological Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 359405
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/359405
ISSN: 1877-3435
PURE UUID: b02b2d13-7c65-4709-af01-45af842375b7
ORCID for Jake L. Snaddon: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3549-5472

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Date deposited: 01 Nov 2013 13:51
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:23

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Author: Louise Jackson
Author: Meine van Noordwijk
Author: Janne Bengtsson
Author: William A. Foster
Author: Leslie Lipper
Author: Mirjam Pulleman
Author: Mohammed Said
Author: Jake L. Snaddon ORCID iD
Author: Raymond Vodouhe

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