Exploring Winegrowers’ Behaviours and Ecological Impacts Under Climate Change and Policy Scenarios—Examples from Three European Winegrowing Regions

Yang Chen*, Stefan Möth, Silvia Winter, L. Willemen, N. Schwarz

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Abstract

Viticulture is an example of a socio-ecological system that poses serious challenges for sustainable soil management and pesticide use, with various interactions between winegrowers’ decision-making and ecological consequences. This study introduces an agent-based model (ABM) on winegrowers’ decision on inter-row management and pesticide use. The ABM builds upon an empirical study of winegrowers’ decision-making in European viticultural landscapes and has been built for three case study regions: Leithaberg (Austria), Palatinate (Germany) and Târnave (Romania). The ABM allows for analysing potential effects of policy instruments including mandatory vegetation cover in the inter-rows, the reduction of fungicide use and ban of insecticides against Lobesia botrana. The effects of policies differ between the case study regions, indicating how important the local context is for effective policies. For example, policies aiming at higher inter-row vegetation cover had the strongest effects on vegetation cover, landscape aesthetics and soil loss in Târnave since many vineyards are currently intensively tilled and there exist no policies supporting inter-row vegetation cover in Romania.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)841-857
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironmental management
Volume73
Issue number4
Early online date11 Jan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024

Keywords

  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • ITC-HYBRID
  • ITC-ISI-JOURNAL-ARTICLE

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