BY JAN HANSPACH
Some time ago, we had invited to participate in a survey on food security and biodiversity conservation on this blog. After some months of data analysis, write-up, rejections and revisions, we now we can announce that the main findings from this survey have been finally published. The paper went online just a few days ago on the journal website and will be published the November issue of Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.
And here are the key findings shortly summarized:
(1) When comparing between landscapes we did not find a clear trade-off between food security and biodiversity.
(2) Synergies in food security and biodiversity were related to situations with equitable land access and high social and human capital. Food security was also high when market access was good and financial capital high, but that was linked to poor biodiversity outcomes.
(3) For the future, most experts expected improvements in food security, but losses of biodiversity in their landscapes.
Finally, a big thanks to all experts that contributed to the survey!