Biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes: Challenges and opportunities of coffee agroforests in the Western Ghats, India

Garcia Claude A., Bhagwat Shonil A., Ghazoul Jaboury, Nath Cheryl D., Nanaya Konerira M., Kushalappa Cheppudira G., Raghuramulu Yenugula, Nasi Robert, Vaast Philippe. 2010. Biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes: Challenges and opportunities of coffee agroforests in the Western Ghats, India. Conservation Biology, 24 (2) : pp. 479-488.

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Quartile : Outlier, Sujet : ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES / Quartile : Q1, Sujet : BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION / Quartile : Q1, Sujet : ECOLOGY

Abstract : The new approaches advocated by the conservation community to integrate conservation and livelihood development now explicitly address landscape mosaics composed of agricultural and forested land rather than only protected areas and largely intact forests. We refer specifically to a call by Harvey et al. (2008) to develop a new approach based on six strategies to integrate biodiversity conservation with sustainable livelihoods in Mesoamerican landscape mosaics. We examined the applicability of this proposal to the coffee agroforests of the Western Ghats, India. Of the six strategies, only one directly addresses livelihood conditions. Their approach has a clear emphasis on conservation and, as currently formulated risks repeating the failures of past integrated conservation and development projects. It fails to place the aspirations of farmers at the core of the agenda. Thus, although we acknowledge and share the broad vision and many of the ideas proposed by this approach, we urge more balanced priority setting by emphasizing people as much as biodiversity through a careful consideration of local livelihood needs and aspirations. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Coffea, Agroforesterie

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Inde

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
F08 - Cropping patterns and systems
K10 - Forestry production

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2005-2013) - Agriculture, environnement, nature et sociétés

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Garcia Claude A., CIRAD-ES-UPR Ressources forestières (IND) ORCID: 0000-0002-7351-0226
  • Bhagwat Shonil A., University of Oxford (GBR)
  • Ghazoul Jaboury, ETH (CHE)
  • Nath Cheryl D., French Institute of Pondicherry (IND)
  • Nanaya Konerira M., Institut français de Pondichéry (IND)
  • Kushalappa Cheppudira G., UAS (IND)
  • Raghuramulu Yenugula, CIFOR (IDN)
  • Nasi Robert, CIRAD-ES-UPR Ressources forestières (FRA)
  • Vaast Philippe, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR Ecosystèmes de plantations (IND)

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