Resolving potential conflicts between different heathland ecosystem services through adaptive management

Isabel Alonso, Werner Härdtle



Climate change and consistently high nitrogen atmospheric deposition are causing changes in the ecology and physiognomy of heathland habitats which affect the ecosystem services that they provide. In this presentation we quantified how traditional management practices affect these services, but also how they could be adapted to the current conditions in order to maintain the features that visitors and wildlife value on heathlands.


biodiversity, environmental changes; carbon storage; nitrogen leaching

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