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Riparian buffers in tropical agriculture: scientific support, effectiveness and directions for policy

Luke, Sarah H. and Slade, Eleanor M. and Gray, Claudia L. and Annammala, Kogila V. and Drewer, Julia and Williamson, Joseph and Agama, Agnes L. and Ationg, Miklin and Mitchell, Simon L. and Vairappan, Charles S. and Struebig, Matthew J. (2019) Riparian buffers in tropical agriculture: scientific support, effectiveness and directions for policy. Journal of Applied Ecology, 56 (1). pp. 85-92. ISSN 0021-8901


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13280


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. From a rapid evidence appraisal, we find that riparian buffers are beneficial to 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. 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.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:ecosystem function, environmental policy, riparian corridor
Subjects:T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions:Civil Engineering
ID Code:87583
Deposited By: Yanti Mohd Shah
Deposited On:30 Nov 2020 17:04
Last Modified:30 Nov 2020 17:04

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