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Managing hedgerows to optimise ecosystem services in agroforestry systems

Code: 9781838797829
Penka Tsonkova and Christian Böhm, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany; Rico Hübner, Technical University of Munich, Germany; and Julia Ehritt, Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union Brandenburg, Germany

Chapter synopsis: Hedgerows are composed of trees and/or shrubs and serve as natural fences, often between pastures and arable fields. This chapter discusses the importance of hedgerow management and maintenance to enhance multiple ecosystem services such as biomass production, wind and water protection, habitat provision and landscape aesthetics. It develops a categorisation of existing hedgerows, applicable to linear woody-features such as hedgerows, windbreaks and riparian buffer strips, and evaluates the condition of each category with respect to multiple ecosystem services. It considers different measures for improving hedgerow condition and provides guidelines for hedgerow restoration and management under consideration of potential conflicts between services. The chapter highlights key constraints to hedgerow management in Germany and applies the developed concept to an agricultural area in the federal state of Brandenburg. It estimates the biomass potential of hedgerows in this area and demonstrates the application of a restoration and management strategy to selected hedgerows under two different scenarios.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2018.0041.03
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Methodological framework 3 Ecosystem services associated with hedgerows 4 Categorisation of existing hedgerows 5 Condition of ecosystem services according to hedgerow category 6 Key constraints to contemporary hedgerow management 7 Case study: opportunities for utilisation and further development of existing hedgerows to enhance multiple ecosystem services 8 Summary and future trends 9 Acknowledgements 10 Where to look for further information 11 References

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