Agriculture and ecosystem services

The understanding of the environmental services that the agriculture sector can provide, such as absorbing carbon, managing watersheds, and preserving biodiversity is gaining an important momentum in development programmes implementation. Earth Observation data supports integrated ecosystem management by determining the spatial extent and condition of ecosystems, associated trends and changes over time. 

Agriculture ecosystem mapping and monitoring

Sustainable agricultural management practices are critical to realising the benefits of ecosystem services from agricultural activities. Earth Observation (EO) data supports integrated ecosystem management by determining the spatial extent and condition of agroecosystems, associated trends and changes over time.

A major contribution is the mapping of detailed, large-scale land cover and land use and its changes at watershed or sub- watershed level. This service helps to identify how farm and landscape management impact on the flow of ecosystem services to and from agroecosystems and can also enhance the understanding of the environmental benefits that this sector can provide if agricultural production is well-managed.

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