A farm level decision support tool to quantify ecosystem service delivery from permanent grassland

F. Titterington, A. Báldi, E. Lellei-Kovacs, P. Newell Price, L. Sagoo, A. Aubry, D. McConnell, D. Patterson, J. Rankin, N. Annett, S. Brown, M. Abdalla, P. Smith, C. Bufe, R. Almedia, C. Bausson, S. Hejduk, F. Lively

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Abstract

The existence and management of permanent grassland (PG) is key to the delivery of multiple ecosystem services (ES) across Europe. A deliverable from the SUPER-G project was the development of a farm level decision support tool (DST). The aim of the DST was to provide the farmer (user) with an overview of the various ES delivered through the management of PG within their farm; and to offer guidance on steps that could be taken to enhance the delivery of each ES. A multi-actor approach, with discussions between farmers, landowners and their advisers, non-governmental organisations and researchers, was undertaken to develop the DST. The six ES considered important include food production; climate regulation; biodiversity; landscape and recreation; flood and erosion control; and water quality. The user is asked a series of questions which calculates values for each ES indicator. These ES indicators are then combined using Simple Additive Weighting to provide the user with a score for each of the six ES.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhy grasslands?
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 30th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation Leeuwarden, the Netherlands 9-13 June 2024
EditorsC.W. Klootwijk, M. Bruinenberg, M. Cougnon, N.J. Hoekstra, R. Ripoll-Bosch, S. Schelfhout, R.L.M. Schils, T. Vanden Nest, N. van Eekeren, W. Voskamp-Harkema, A. van den Pol-van Dasselaar
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill
Pages397-399
ISBN (Electronic)9789090384948
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Event30th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation (EGF2024): Why grasslands? - Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Duration: 9 Jun 202413 Jun 2024

Publication series

NameGrassland Science in Europe
Volume29

Conference

Conference30th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation (EGF2024)
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityLeeuwarden
Period9/06/2413/06/24

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