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Cultural oak landscapes as green infrastructure for human well-being

Garrido, Pablo (2014). Cultural oak landscapes as green infrastructure for human well-being. Skinnskatteberg : Sveriges lantbruksuniv.
ISBN 978-91-576-9246-7
eISBN 978-91-576-9247-4
[Licentiate thesis]

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Human and nature interactions have been the ancestral normative model to provide and secure livelihoods worldwide. Hence, humans have been coevolving in an intrinsic relation with the natural system until medieval times. The mentioned interactions formed the so-called cultural landscapes as a result of human gradual re-organization and adaptation of the biophysical system to adapt better to changing societal demands. Concerned to balance sustainable development of landscapes among its social, economic and environmental dimensions, as well as aware of the important role of landscapes for individual and social well-being through their protection, management and planning, the European Landscape Convention emerged. The cultural dimension of landscapes has proven difficult to measure and thus commonly neglected in ecosystem services (ES) research. To tackle this knowledge gap, I first reviewed methods and tools to fully capture cultural ecosystem services in landscapes, to focus thereafter on the diagnosis of the cultural oak landscape in Östergötland (Sweden). I identified and analyzed the diversity of ES important for stakeholders at local and regional levels that represent different societal sectors. The private sector locally emphasized provisioning ES, whereas the civil and public sectors highlighted the importance of cultural services in terms of recreational values and landscape beauty. Supporting services were considered only in relation to biodiversity, especially species and habitats linked to old oaks. Hotspot of ES were identified and discussed in terms of green infrastructures for human well-being. Traditional farming practices are in a steady regression which entails greater uncertainty for the long term survival of such systems and associated diversity of delivered services and values. Solutions, including adaptations of modern farming techniques to better mimic the traditional ones are urgently needed, as well as the generation of additional income through alternative rural development initiatives such as tourism and recreation. Complex realities demand multi-disciplinary methods and approaches to find viable ground-based solutions. We suggest holistic research methods, hands on with stakeholders, i.e. transdisciplinary research, to satisfy the increasingly complex needs, improved understanding of conservation objectives and demands of a changing society.

Authors/Creators:Garrido, Pablo
Title:Cultural oak landscapes as green infrastructure for human well-being
Year of publishing :November 2014
Depositing date:20 November 2014
Number of Pages:74
I.Garrido, P. What are cultural ecosystem services? A review of definitions, classifications and methods to capture cultural services
II.Garrido, P., Elbakidze, M., Angelstam, P., and Axelsson, R. Stakeholder’s perspectives on ecosystem services of Sweden’s last cultural oak landscapes
Place of Publication:Skinnskatteberg
Publisher:School for Forest Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:Euroscapes
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-9246-7
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-9247-4
Additional Information:This Licentiate Thesis is part of a Strong research environment grant to Per Angelstam: Green infrastructures for ecological sustainability and human well-being: a network of forest, rural and urban landscapes as laboratories for integrative research.
Publication Type:Licentiate thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:B Geography and history > B50 History
P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Landscape Architecture
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Agrovoc terms:agroforestry, biodiversity, ecosystem services, sociocultural environment, quercus, landscape, cultural values, social values, stakeholders, interviews, history, sweden
Keywords:agroforestry, biodiversity, cultural services, ecosystem services, socio-ecological system, stakeholder perspective, traditional knowledge
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ID Code:11661
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > School for Forest Management
External funders:FORMAS
Deposited By: Pablo/P Garrido
Deposited On:24 Nov 2014 07:43
Metadata Last Modified:29 Jan 2015 14:02

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