Assessment of land use change scenario to increase primary productivity function at local scale

Kristine Valujeva*, Aleksejs Nipers, Ainars Lupikis, Jovita Pilecka, Rogier P.O. Schulte

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The global population has begun to rise exponentially; therefore, the demand for bioresources including food and fibre is increasing. An increasing demand for food and fibre necessitates more sustainable use of natural resources especially for soilbased ecosystem services. In this context, Functional Land Management was developed to optimize agricultural soilbased ecosystem services to meet both agricultural and environmental targets simultaneously. The aim of the research is to evaluate unmanaged agricultural land use change impact on primary productivity function in three parishes in Latvia by using Functional Land Management framework. Evaluation of primary productivity function was accomplished for both sectors agriculture and forestry by using profit and working hours as a proxyindicators. Production of vegetables and perennial plantations have higher supply of primary productivity function comparing to other land uses. Land use changes affect all soil functions that we expect from our land, especially primary productivity function. After applying land use changes, an increase in profit is higher in Liezere parish for both areas on mineral soils (7.1%) and areas on organic soils (5.2%); while an increase in working hours is higher in Usma parish: 36.6% in areas on mineral soils and 1.0% increase in areas on organic soils. Shortterm benefits are received from agricultural land, while forest land provides long-term return which increases over time but can only be obtained after reaching the age of felling. Before applying land use changes or changes in management practices we have to consider other soil function and national commitments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-187
Number of pages7
JournalResearch for Rural Development
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019
Event25th Annual International Scientific Conference Research for Rural Development, 2019 - Jelgava, Latvia
Duration: 15 May 201917 May 2019


  • Agricultural land
  • Forestry land
  • Functional land management
  • Policy
  • Production
  • Soil functions


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