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Managing green infrastructures

trophic interactions in anthropogenic and natural ecosystems

Manton, Michael (2014). Managing green infrastructures. Skinnskatteberg : Sveriges lantbruksuniv.
ISBN 978-91-576-9257-3
eISBN 978-91-576-9258-0
[Licentiate thesis]

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The term green infrastructure addresses the spatial structure of anthropogenic, semi-natural and natural areas, as well as other environmental features which enable society to benefit from ecosystems’ multiple services. Focusing on two green infrastructures, anthropogenic wet meadows and natural forest successions, this thesis applies a macro-ecological approach based on comparisons of multiple landscapes as complex social-ecological systems. Firstly, the trophic interactions of avian predation in anthropogenic wet meadows under different management regimes in southern Sweden were explored (Paper I). This study tested the hypothesis that the abundance of avian predators and predation is higher in rapidly declining vs. relatively stable wader populations. Secondly, the trophic interactions of large mammals in Europe’s boreal forest biome were explored (paper II). This study tested the hypotheses that reduced numbers of large carnivores and increased numbers of large herbivores affect the recruitment of both ecologically and economically valuable trees, and that forest management intensity is correlated to a reduction in tree recruitment. The results show, firstly, that the abundance of avian predators and predation was higher in rapidly declining wader populations. Secondly, reduced numbers of large carnivores and abundant large herbivore populations were correlated to reduced recruitment of focal tree species. There was no relationship with the index of forest management intensity. To conclude, this thesis illustrates the consequences of disturbed tropic interactions on two different green infrastructures (anthropogenic wet meadows and boreal forests). The governance and management of green infrastructures is thus complex, because both the quantity and quality of land cover, and trophic interactions, need to be considered. This thesis confirms the importance of studying the consequences of altered trophic interactions in multiple landscapes rather than in a single landscape or region alone. Macro-ecological studies comparing countries and regions with different contexts, e.g., landscape history, traditions, governance and management systems, can support the development of more holistic views on the planning and management of green infrastructures.

Authors/Creators:Manton, Michael
Title:Managing green infrastructures
Subtitle:trophic interactions in anthropogenic and natural ecosystems
Year of publishing :November 2014
Depositing date:25 November 2014
Number of Pages:55
I.Manton, M., P., Angelstam, P., Milberg, P., and Elbakidze, M. Governance and management of green infrastructures for ecological sustainability: wader bird conservation in southern Sweden as a case study
II.Angelstam, P,. Manton, M., Pedersen, S., Shakun, V., and Elbakidze M. Disrupted trophic interactions affect recruitment of key-stone boreal deciduous and coniferous trees in northern Europe
Place of Publication:Skinnskatteberg
Publisher:School for Forest Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-9257-3
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-9258-0
Additional Information:This Licentiate Thesis is part of a Strong research environment grant to Per Angelstam: Green infrastructures for ecological sustainability and human well-being: a network of forest, rural and urban landscapes as laboratories for integrative research
Publication Type:Licentiate thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:F Plant production > F40 Plant ecology
K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Agrovoc terms:infrastructure, land cover, meadows, wetlands, primary forests, boreal forests, ecosystems, trophic levels, predation, predator prey relations
Keywords:Green infrastructures, Land cover, Habitat, Trophic interactions, Predation, Macro-ecology
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ID Code:11672
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > School for Forest Management
External funders:FORMAS
Deposited By: Michael Manton
Deposited On:25 Nov 2014 14:41
Metadata Last Modified:12 Apr 2015 08:00

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