Multiple forest attributes underpin the supply of multiple ecosystem services

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Title: Multiple forest attributes underpin the supply of multiple ecosystem services
Authors: Felipe-Lucia, María R. | Soliveres, Santiago | Penone, Caterina | Manning, Peter | van der Plas, Fons | Boch, Steffen | Prati, Daniel | Ammer, Christian | Schall, Peter | Gossner, Martin M. | Bauhus, Jürgen | Buscot, Francois | Blaser, Stefan | Blüthgen, Nico | Frutos, Angel de | Ehbrecht, Martin | Frank, Kevin | Goldmann, Kezia | Hänsel, Falk | Jung, Kirsten | Kahl, Tiemo | Nauss, Thomas | Oelmann, Yvonne | Pena, Rodica | Polle, Andrea | Renner, Swen | Schloter, Michael | Schöning, Ingo | Schrumpf, Marion | Schulze, Ernst-Detlef | Solly, Emily | Sorkau, Elisabeth | Stempfhuber, Barbara | Tschapka, Marco | Weisser, Wolfgang W. | Wubet, Tesfaye | Fischer, Markus | Allan, Eric
Research Group/s: Gestión de Ecosistemas y de la Biodiversidad (GEB)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ecología
Keywords: Ecosystem services | Forest attributes | Trade-offs | Synergies
Knowledge Area: Ecología
Issue Date: 16-Nov-2018
Publisher: Springer Nature
Citation: Nature Communications. 2018, 9: 4839. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-07082-4
Abstract: Trade-offs and synergies in the supply of forest ecosystem services are common but the drivers of these relationships are poorly understood. To guide management that seeks to promote multiple services, we investigated the relationships between 12 stand-level forest attributes, including structure, composition, heterogeneity and plant diversity, plus 4 environmental factors, and proxies for 14 ecosystem services in 150 temperate forest plots. Our results show that forest attributes are the best predictors of most ecosystem services and are also good predictors of several synergies and trade-offs between services. Environmental factors also play an important role, mostly in combination with forest attributes. Our study suggests that managing forests to increase structural heterogeneity, maintain large trees, and canopy gaps would promote the supply of multiple ecosystem services. These results highlight the potential for forest management to encourage multifunctional forests and suggest that a coordinated landscape-scale strategy could help to mitigate trade-offs in human-dominated landscapes.
Sponsor: The work has been supported by the DFG Priority Program 1374 “Infrastructure-Biodiversity-Exploratories”. Field work permits were issued by the responsible state environmental offices of Baden-Württemberg, Thüringen and Brandenburg (according to § 72 BbgNatSchG). S.S. was supported by the Spanish Government under a Ramón y Cajal contract (RYC-2016-20604).
ISSN: 2041-1723
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-07082-4
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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