Riparian buffers in tropical agriculture: Scientific support, effectiveness and directions for policy
Journal of Applied Ecology
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Luke, S., Slade, E., Gray, C., Annammala, K., Drewer, J., Williamson, J., Agama, A., et al. (2019). Riparian buffers in tropical agriculture: Scientific support, effectiveness and directions for policy. Journal of Applied Ecology, 56 (1), 85-92. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13280
1.There is a weak evidence-base supporting the effective management of riparian ecosystems within tropical agriculture. Policies to protect riparian buffers - strips of non-cultivated land alongside waterways – are vague and vary greatly between countries. 2.From a rapid evidence appraisal we find that riparian buffers are beneficial for hydrology, water quality, biodiversity and some ecosystem functions in tropical landscapes. However, effects on connectivity, carbon storage, and emissions reduction remain understudied. Riparian functions are mediated by buffer width and habitat quality, but explicit threshold recommendations are rare. 3.Policy implications. A one-size-fits-all width criterion, commonly applied, will be insufficient to provide all riparian functions in all circumstances. Context-specific guidelines for allocating, restoring, and managing riparian buffers are necessary to minimise continued degradation of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in tropical agriculture.
This work was supported by the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund via the British Council and Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (216433953), and the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NE/K016407/1; http://lombok.hmtf.info/).
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13280
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