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Assessing the feasibility of multiple grassland-related management options and their potential to deliver ecosystem services in Mediterranean Dehesa/Montado Systems from stakeholders’ perspective: scientific experts and farmers

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sophie Tindale, Professor Lynn FrewerORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by AEEA, 2023.

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The Dehesa, which covers 3.1 million hectares in Spain and Portugal, is recognised as a High Nature Value (HNV) farming system due to its multifunctionality. This Iberian HNV system, known as Montado in Portugal, is an agrosilvopastoral ecosystem in which Permanent Grassland (PG) constitutes an essential component. Therefore, this study aims to assess the feasibility of multiple PG management options and innovations in terms of their ease of implementation, likely uptake by farmers, and potential to deliver ecosystem services (ES) under different farming intensity types (including organic and intensive/extensive non-organic farms). Agronomy-related practices regarding sward manipulation (sward renewal, overseeding), grazing management (GPS collars, rotational grazing) and high-tech innovations (monitoring and predicting grass growth by satellite and drone technology) were considered. To test the feasibility of the management options, a modified Delphi technique was used to explore the opinions and attitudes of an interdisciplinary group of scientific experts. Additionally, farmer interviews were conducted to identify their familiarity, experience, and intention to adopt. The results give insight into the prioritisation of management options for PG in the Dehesa/Montado systems and starting points for a better understanding of how farmers can be supported to adopt positive technologies for multiple ES delivery on PG

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Author(s): Vicario-Modroñoa V, Sánchez-Zamora P, Gallardo-Cobosa R, Fernández-Rebollo P, Fernández-Habasb J, Vanwalleghem T, Zanatti R, Tindale S, Newell-Price P, Frewer LJ

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: XIV Spanish Agri-Food Economics Congress

Year of Conference: 2023

Online publication date: 06/09/2023

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 19/06/2023

Publisher: AEEA