Trade‐offs between carbon stocks and biodiversity in European temperate forests

Compromis entre stock de carbone et biodiversité dans les forêts tempérées européennes

Sabatini, F.M. ; De Andrade, R.B. ; Paillet, Y. ; Odor, P. ; Bouget, C. ; Campagnaro, T. ; Gosselin, F. ; Janssen, P. ; Mattioli, W. ; Nascimbene, J. ; Sitzia, T. ; Kuemmerle, T. ; Burrascano, S.

Type de document
Article de revue scientifique à comité de lecture
Langue
Anglais
Affiliation de l'auteur
HUMBOLDT UNIVERVITY BERLIN DEU ; SAPIENZA UNIVERSITY OF ROME ITA ; IRSTEA NOGENT SUR VERNISSON UR EFNO FRA ; MTA CENTRE FOR ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGY AND BOTANY VACRATOT HUN ; IRSTEA NOGENT SUR VERNISSON UR EFNO FRA ; UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA ITA ; IRSTEA NOGENT SUR VERNISSON UR EFNO FRA ; IRSTEA GRENOBLE UR LESSEM FRA ; CREA FL AREZZO ITA ; UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA ITA ; IRSTEA NOGENT SUR VERNISSON UR EFNO FRA ; HUMBOLDT UNIVERVITY BERLIN DEU ; SAPIENZA UNIVERSITY OF ROME ITA
Année
2019
Résumé / Abstract
Policies to mitigate climate change and biodiversity loss often assume that protecting carbon‐rich forests provides co‐benefits in terms of biodiversity, due to the spatial congruence of carbon stocks and biodiversity at biogeographic scales. However, it remains unclear whether this holds at the scales relevant for management, and particularly large knowledge gaps exist for temperate forests and for taxa other than trees. We built a comprehensive dataset of Central European temperate forest structure and multi‐taxonomic diversity (beetles, birds, bryophytes, fungi, lichens, and plants) across 352 plots. We used Boosted Regression Trees (BRTs) to assess the relationship between above‐ground live carbon stocks and (a) taxon‐specific richness, (b) a unified multidiversity index. We used Threshold Indicator Taxa ANalysis to explore individual species' responses to changing above‐ground carbon stocks and to detect change‐points in species composition along the carbon‐stock gradient. Our results reveal an overall weak and highly variable relationship between richness and carbon stock at the stand scale, both for individual taxonomic groups and for multidiversity. Similarly, the proportion of win‐win and tradeoff species (i.e., species favored or disadvantaged by increasing carbon stock, respectively) varied substantially across taxa. Win‐win species gradually replaced trade‐off species with increasing carbon, without clear thresholds along the aboveground carbon gradient, suggesting that community‐level surrogates (e.g., richness) might fail to detect critical changes in biodiversity. Collectively, our analyses highlight that leveraging co‐benefits between carbon and biodiversity in temperate forest may require stand‐scale management that prioritizes either biodiversity or carbon in order to maximize co‐benefits at broader scales. Importantly, this contrasts with tropical forests, where climate and biodiversity objectives can be integrated at the stand scale, thus highlighting the need for context‐specificity when managing for multiple objectives. Accounting for critical change‐points of target taxa can help to deal with this specificity, by defining a safe operating space to manipulate carbon while avoiding biodiversity losses.
Source
Global Change Biology, vol. 25, num. 2, p. 536 - 548

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