The Ridgefield Multiple Ecosystem Services Experiment: Can Restoration of Former Agricultural Land Achieve Multiple Outcomes?

Perring, M.P., R.J. Standish, K.B. Hulvey, L. Lach, T.K. Morald, R. Parsons, R.K. Didham and R.J. Hobbs

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The ability of restoration approaches to provide valued ecosystem services needs to be assessed. The emerging carbon market provides an incentive to afforest agricultural landscapes and could potentially achieve multiple outcomes. However, planting monocultures for carbon sequestration may preclude effective delivery of other ecosystem services. Here, we describe the rationale behind the Ridgefield Multiple Ecosystem Services Experiment, a long-term investigation into trade-offs that might prevent the simultaneous provision of high levels of multiple services in the agricultural landscape of south-western Australia. Ridgefield tests the possibility of restoring and managing agricultural landscapes for multiple ecosystem services, providing a much needed experimental investigation of trade-offs among ecosystem functions.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Agriculture Ecosystems and the Environment