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Wet grasslands as a green infrastructure for ecological sustainability: wader conservation in southern Sweden as a case study

Manton, Michael and Angelstam, Per and Milberg, Per and Elbakidze, Marine (2016). Wet grasslands as a green infrastructure for ecological sustainability: wader conservation in southern Sweden as a case study. Sustainability. 8:4, 1-20
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Abstract

Biosphere Reserves aim at being role models for biodiversity conservation. This study focuses on the unsuccessful conservation of waders (Charadrii) on wet grasslands in the Kristianstad Vattenrike Biosphere Reserve (KVBR) in southern Sweden. Predation on nests and young has been proposed as one reason contributing to the decline of waders. We explored this hypothesis by comparing two landscapes, one with declining (KVBR) and one with stable (Ostergotland) wader populations on managed wet grasslands in southern Sweden. Specifically, we tested three predictions linked to predation on wader nests and young, namely that (1) the relative abundance of avian predators and waders; (2) the avian predator abundance; and (3) the predation rate on artificial wader nests, should all be higher in declining versus stable populations. All predictions were clearly supported. Nevertheless, predation may not be the ultimate factor causing wader population declines. We discuss the cumulative effects of landscape change linked to increased food resources for predators, reduced wet grassland patch size and quality. Holistic analyses of multiple wet grassland landscapes as social-ecological systems as case studies, including processes such as predation and other factors affecting waders, is a promising avenue towards collaborative learning for wet grasslands as a functional green infrastructure. However, if governance and management approaches can be improved is questionable without considerable investment in both ecological and social systems.

Authors/Creators:Manton, Michael and Angelstam, Per and Milberg, Per and Elbakidze, Marine
Title:Wet grasslands as a green infrastructure for ecological sustainability: wader conservation in southern Sweden as a case study
Series/Journal:Sustainability (2071-1050)
Year of publishing :2016
Volume:8
Number:4
Page range:1-20
Number of Pages:20
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2071-1050
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.: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)
Keywords:avian predation, biosphere reserve, birds of prey, charadrii, corvids, Kristianstad Vattenrike, predation, shorebirds, wet meadows
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3881
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3881
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000375155800050
ID Code:13965
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > School for Forest Management
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:16 Jan 2017 06:57
Metadata Last Modified:16 Jan 2017 06:57

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