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Perceived importance of ecosystem services in the Bialowieza Forest for local communities - Does proximity matter?

Mikusinski, Grzegorz and Niedzialkowski, Krzysztof (2020). Perceived importance of ecosystem services in the Bialowieza Forest for local communities - Does proximity matter? Land Use Policy. 97 , 104667
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Abstract

Effective protection of biodiversity in areas of high conservation value requires trade-offs between local use of natural resources and conservation restrictions. The compromise is often difficult to reach, which causes conflicts over the management priorities of existing and potential protected areas. Ecosystem services (ES) perspective offers a promising avenue for diagnosing and reconciling contrasting interests concerning the use of benefits from ecosystems. We examined how the spatial proximity to the Bialowiea Forest (BF), a European biodiversity hotspot, affects the perceived use of ES by local communities. We performed a survey among 719 respondents from 35 villages situated within BF and in its vicinity. We found that both the declared use of ES and the perceived influence of ES on household's economy was declining with the distance from BF with particularly high differences between areas not further than 3 km from BF and areas located 3-15 km from BF. Different zones varied in terms of benefits from tourism and costs connected with a potential limited access to ES due to conservation. Broadening the perspective, we argue that the trade-offs linked to ES may vary depending on the location in relation to the protected area and that local communities should not be treated as a homogenous group when considering benefits from the forest. Awareness of common patterns of ES use over space and local specificity may enhance effective management of even highly contested conservation areas.

Authors/Creators:Mikusinski, Grzegorz and Niedzialkowski, Krzysztof
Title:Perceived importance of ecosystem services in the Bialowieza Forest for local communities - Does proximity matter?
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:97
Article number:104667
Number of Pages:10
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0264-8377
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:Ecosystem services, Local resource use, Management, Perceptions, Planning, Zoning, Biodiversity conservation, Protected areas, Spatial analysis, Conservation, Tourism, National park, Natura 2000
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-107331
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-107331
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DOI10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104667
Web of Science (WoS)000558748500010
ID Code:17495
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology

(S) > School for Forest Management
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:22 Sep 2020 08:54
Metadata Last Modified:22 Sep 2020 08:54

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