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Knoke, T.; Bendix, J.; Pohle, P.; Hamer, U.; Hildebrandt, P.; Roos, K.; Gerique, A.; Lopez Sandoval, M.F.; Breuer, L.; Tischer, A.; Silva, B.; Calvas, B.; Aguirre, N.; Castro, L.M.; Windhorst, D.; Weber, M.; Stimm, B.; G&uuml;nter, S.; Palomeque, X.; Mora, J.; Mosandl, R. &amp; Beck, E. (2014): <b>Afforestation or intense pasturing improve the ecological and economic value of abandoned tropical farmlands</b>. <i>Nature Communications</i> <b>5:5612</b>, 1-50.

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Title: Afforestation or intense pasturing improve the ecological and economic value of abandoned tropical farmlands
FOR816dw ID: 1309
Publication Date: 2014-11-26
License and Usage Rights: PAK 823-825 data user agreement. (www.tropicalmountainforest.org/dataagreementp3.do)
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Individual: Thomas Knoke
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Individual: Jörg Bendix
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Individual: Perdita Pohle
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Individual: Ute Hamer
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Individual: Patrick Hildebrandt
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Individual: Kristin Roos
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Individual: Andres Gerique
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Individual: Maria Fernanda Lopez Sandoval
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Individual: Lutz Breuer
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Individual: Alexander Tischer
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Individual: Brenner Silva
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Individual: Baltazar Calvas
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Individual: Nikolay Aguirre
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Individual: Luz Maria Castro
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Individual: David Windhorst
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Individual: Michael Weber
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Individual: Bernd Stimm
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Individual: Sven Günter
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Individual: Ximena Palomeque
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Individual: Julio Mora
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Individual: Reinhard Mosandl
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Individual: Erwin Beck
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Abstract:
Increasing demands for livelihood resources in tropical rural areas have led to progressive<br/> clearing of biodiverse natural forests. Restoration of abandoned farmlands could counter<br/> this process. However, as aims and modes of restoration differ in their ecological and<br/> socio-economic value, the assessment of achievable ecosystem functions and bene?ts<br/> requires holistic investigation. Here we combine the results from multidisciplinary research<br/> for a unique assessment based on a normalization of 23 ecological, economic and social<br/> indicators for four restoration options in the tropical Andes of Ecuador. A comparison of the<br/> outcomes among afforestation with native alder or exotic pine, pasture restoration with either<br/> low-input or intense management and the abandoned status quo shows that both variants of<br/> afforestation and intense pasture use improve the ecological value, but low-input pasture<br/> does not. Economic indicators favour either afforestation or intense pasturing. Both Mestizo<br/> and indigenous Saraguro settlers are more inclined to opt for afforestation.
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| sustainable land-use |
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Journal: Nature Communications
Volume: 5:5612
Page Range: 1-50
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Individual: Jörg Bendix
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