Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Perú

Tropical agroforestry and ecosystem services: trade-off analysis for better design strategies.

Cerda, R; Orozco-Aguilar, L; Sepúlveda, N; Ordoñez, J; Carreño-Rocabado, G; Amores, F; Caicedo, W; Oblitas, S; Somarriba, E.

In book: Agroforestry for sustainable agriculture (pp.467-509)


A large body of research has documented a wide list of provisioning and regulating services from tropical agroforestry systems (AFS). This chapter offers an overview of ecosystem services delivered by tropical AFS and presents practical approaches for trade-off analysis between ecosystem services and plant biodiversity for better design (or redesign) and management of AFS. It is structured as follows: Section 2 highlights the main provisioning and regulating services provided by tropical AFS (covering pest and disease regulation, nutrient cycling and soil quality, carbon sequestration, and water regulation); Section 3 provides an overview of practical approaches to assess trade-offs; and Section 4 presents a case study of trade-off analysis. This last section uses data from a so-called Sentinel Landscape–El Tuma-La Dalia in Nicaragua, and is useful to derive recommendations to enhance the delivering of ecosystem services from five AFS (cocoa AFS, coffee AFS, pasture-silvopastoral, grain fields, and homegardens).

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