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Agroforestry practices: silvopastoralism


Gerardo Moreno

INDEHESA, Institute for Silvopastoralism Research, University of Extremadura, Spain

Victor Rolo

INDEHESA, Institute for Silvopastoralism Research, University of Extremadura, Spain

Publication date:

03 June 2019

ID: 9781838797836

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Silvopastoralism is a traditional agroforestry practice that is still managed across the world for raising livestock in lands that often include a combination of grass understorey with a sparse cover of trees and/or shrubs. The woody component plays multiple roles such as forage resource, shading and sheltering for livestock and delivering wood, firewood, cork and tannings, among other goods. This chapter firstly describes silvopastoral systems from around the world. It goes on to stress the importance of trees for livestock production. A section is also included on the role of trees for biodiversity and ecosystems services as in recent times silvopastoral systems have been valued for their contribution to carbon sequestration, water quality and biodiversity conservation. The chapter concludes with how to design and manage silvopastures and a look to future trends in research, providing a list of priorities for silvopastoralism going forward.

Table of contents

1 Introduction 2 Silvopastoral systems (SPs) 3 Importance of trees for livestock production 4 Trees for biodiversity and ecosystem services 5 Designing and managing silvopastures 6 Summary 7 Future trends in research 8 Where to look for further information 9 References