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Governance of ecosystem services in agroecology : when coordination is needed but difficult to achieve

Salliou, Nicolas and Muradian, Roldan and Barnaud, Cécile Governance of ecosystem services in agroecology : when coordination is needed but difficult to achieve. (2019) Sustainability, 11 (4). 1158. ISSN 2071-1050

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Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/4/1158

Abstract

Transitioning towards agroecology involves the integration of biodiversity based ecosystem services into farming systems: for example, relying on biological pest control rather than pesticides. One promising approach for pest control relies on the conservation of semi-natural habitats at the landscape scale to encourage natural enemies of insect pests. However, this approach may require coordination between farmers to manage the interdependencies between the providers and beneficiaries of this ecosystem service. The main objective of this study was to identify hindrances to landscape-scale coordination strategies to control pests. To this end, we used a theoretical framework specifically designed to explore social interdependencies linked to ecosystem services. We applied this framework to a participatory research case study on pest control in apple orchards in southwest France to identify and describe key obstacles. We found four main impediments: (1) The perception of most stakeholders that the landscape does not deliver significant pest control services, (2) the challenge of coping with agroecological uncertainties, (3) an integrated vertical supply chain focused on pesticide use, (4) the existence of independent, non-collective alternatives. We discuss the potential of overcoming these obstacles or turning them into opportunities that promote a transition to agroecology and the integration of ecosystem services in farms and their supply chains.

Item Type:Article
ProdINRA Id:465777
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - INRA (FRANCE)
Other partners > Universidade Federal Fluminense - UFF (BRAZIL)
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Projet SECOCO, MP Ecoserv
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Deposited On:27 Sep 2019 13:29

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