Biodiversity and ecosystem services governance of agricultural landscapes need to account for agricultural land use, landscape structures and the relevant stakeholders. Agricultural activities dominantly impact the environment and are continuously adapting to drivers, i.e.:

Economic incentives


Scientific and technological developments

Sociopolitical framework


Climate Change


This complex of drivers will probably continue to act unabated, while the importance of the components varies regionally. Since the conservation of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes is essential for maintaining their functionality and adaptability, SALBES takes a landscape perspective of the agricultural system to safeguard an ecological infrastructure, the related farmland biodiversity and its functions (ESS) under current and future driving forces.



Ecological Boundaries

implies the existence of

a Safe Operating Space within these boundaries.

SALBES aims at applying this principle to agricultural landscapes, as a theory, concept and policy objective, based on integrated, implementation oriented, stakeholder guided, IT supported, evidence based analyses. This is elaborated and tested in four case study areas in Europe, for evidence based specifications of a safe operating space for sustainable landscape development.

Our Hypothesis: The integration of three components is essential to safeguard the functionality and adaptability of the biodiversity and related ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes:


Green Infrastructure

Adaptive management schemes


Multi-actor approaches

To get a short content-overview about the concept of “Green Infrastructure” we recommend to watch this video.

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