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Scientific and local ecological knowledge, shaping perceptions towards protected areas and related ecosystem services

Cebrian-Piqueras, M. A. and Filyushkina, A. and Johnson, D. N. and Lo, Veronica and Lopez-Rodriguez, M. D. and March, H. and Oteros-Rozas, E. and Peppler-Lisbach, C. and Raymond, Christopher and Ruiz-Mallen, I. and van Riper, C. J. and Zinngrebe, Y. and Plieninger, T. (2020). Scientific and local ecological knowledge, shaping perceptions towards protected areas and related ecosystem services. Landscape Ecology. 35 , 2549-2567
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Context Most protected areas are managed based on objectives related to scientific ecological knowledge of species and ecosystems. However, a core principle of sustainability science is that understanding and including local ecological knowledge, perceptions of ecosystem service provision and landscape vulnerability will improve sustainability and resilience of social-ecological systems. Here, we take up these assumptions in the context of protected areas to provide insight on the effectiveness of nature protection goals, particularly in highly human-influenced landscapes. Objectives We examined how residents' ecological knowledge systems, comprised of both local and scientific, mediated the relationship between their characteristics and a set of variables that represented perceptions of ecosystem services, landscape change, human-nature relationships, and impacts. Methods We administered a face-to-face survey to local residents in the Sierra de Guadarrama protected areas, Spain. We used bi- and multi-variate analysis, including partial least squares path modeling to test our hypotheses. Results Ecological knowledge systems were highly correlated and were instrumental in predicting perceptions of water-related ecosystem services, landscape change, increasing outdoors activities, and human-nature relationships. Engagement with nature, socio-demographics, trip characteristics, and a rural-urban gradient explained a high degree of variation in ecological knowledge. Bundles of perceived ecosystem services and impacts, in relation to ecological knowledge, emerged as social representation on how residents relate to, understand, and perceive landscapes. Conclusions Our findings provide insight into the interactions between ecological knowledge systems and their role in shaping perceptions of local communities about protected areas. These results are expected to inform protected area management and landscape sustainability.

Authors/Creators:Cebrian-Piqueras, M. A. and Filyushkina, A. and Johnson, D. N. and Lo, Veronica and Lopez-Rodriguez, M. D. and March, H. and Oteros-Rozas, E. and Peppler-Lisbach, C. and Raymond, Christopher and Ruiz-Mallen, I. and van Riper, C. J. and Zinngrebe, Y. and Plieninger, T.
Title:Scientific and local ecological knowledge, shaping perceptions towards protected areas and related ecosystem services
Series Name/Journal:Landscape Ecology
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:35
Page range:2549-2567
Number of Pages:19
Publisher:SPRINGER
ISSN:0921-2973
Language:English
Publication Type:Research 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:Traditional ecological knowledge, Ecosystem services, Protected areas, Local community, Ecosystem vulnerability, Biodiversity, Landscape sustainability, Human-nature relationships, Inclusive conservation
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-107864
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-107864
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DOI10.1007/s10980-020-01107-4
Web of Science (WoS)000568501100001
ID Code:18721
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
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Deposited On:24 Nov 2020 12:43
Metadata Last Modified:15 Jan 2021 19:19

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