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|Title:||In situ agrobiodiversity conservation in the Swiss inner Alpine zone|
|Citation:||GeoJournal, 2004; 60(2):99-109|
|Publisher:||Kluwer Academic Publishers Group|
|Douglas Bardsley and Ian Thomas|
|Abstract:||This paper considers Swiss experiences of in situ agrobiodiversity conservation. The Swiss recognise the multifunctionality of agriculture, particularly within the marginal, mountainous areas of the country and are spending public and private funds to maintain crop landraces, agroecosystems, landscapes, agricultural practices, and rural communities. State programs in marginal agricultural regions tie economic assistance to biodiversity conservation practices, through the use of direct payment systems. With the removal of many import restrictions and state-led marketing, alternative innovative programs linked to local values of diversity provide opportunities for conservation. In situ agrobiodiversity conservation ideas being pursued include awareness-raising schemes, scientific initiatives, the establishment of diversity gardens and community-based programs. Any extension of the in situ conservation programs could have substantial implications for regional development.|
|Keywords:||agricultural development; agrobiodiversity; direct payment; in situ conservation; mountain agriculture; on-farm conservation; Switzerland|
|Description:||© 2004 Kluwer Academic Publishers.|
|Appears in Collections:||Geography, Environment and Population publications|
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