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The use of sociocultural valuation in sustainable environmental management

Ruiz-Frau, A.; Krause, T. LU and Marbà, N. (2018) In Ecosystem Services 29. p.158-167
Abstract

The integration of sociocultural valuations (SCV) within an ecosystem services (ES) framework is increasingly being required in environmental management contexts. Yet, this raises important questions: how do we approach SCV when people's perceptions are based on unbalanced information and advocate for detrimental actions? How then should SCV results be used? Should they be used to steer decisions? We use an example from a SCV of ES provided by seagrass meadows in the North Western Mediterranean to provide recommendations on SCV integration into the management of a coastal ecosystem. Our results show that societal perceptions and preferences for specific management actions are generally built on unbalanced and incomplete knowledge.... (More)

The integration of sociocultural valuations (SCV) within an ecosystem services (ES) framework is increasingly being required in environmental management contexts. Yet, this raises important questions: how do we approach SCV when people's perceptions are based on unbalanced information and advocate for detrimental actions? How then should SCV results be used? Should they be used to steer decisions? We use an example from a SCV of ES provided by seagrass meadows in the North Western Mediterranean to provide recommendations on SCV integration into the management of a coastal ecosystem. Our results show that societal perceptions and preferences for specific management actions are generally built on unbalanced and incomplete knowledge. Consequently, establishing management decisions on SCV could lead to detrimental outcomes, potentially undermining long-term environmental and social benefits. We highlight the importance of integrating SCV into management design to tailor management to specific contexts. However, we also show that SCV should be considered carefully when deciding on management actions and that the integration of SCV outcomes has to be assessed with regards to the level of knowledge among society.

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Disservice, Integration, Perception, Posidonia oceanica, Seagrass
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  author       = {Ruiz-Frau, A. and Krause, T. and Marbà, N.},
  issn         = {2212-0416},
  keyword      = {Disservice,Integration,Perception,Posidonia oceanica,Seagrass},
  language     = {eng},
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  pages        = {158--167},
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  series       = {Ecosystem Services},
  title        = {The use of sociocultural valuation in sustainable environmental management},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2018},
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