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Participatory Mapping of Demand for Ecosystem Services in Agricultural Landscapes

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Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF e.V.), Eberswalder Straße 84, 15374 Müncheberg, Germany
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Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Humboldt-University Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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Academic Editor: Francesco Caracciolo
Received: 13 October 2021 / Revised: 22 November 2021 / Accepted: 22 November 2021 / Published: 26 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reconnecting People with Nature through Agriculture)
Agricultural land use systems have been optimized for producing provisioning ecosystem services (ES) in the past few decades, often at the expense of regulating and cultural services. Research has focused mainly on the supply side of ES and related trade-offs, but the demand side for regulatory services remains largely neglected. The objective of this paper is to evaluate the usefulness of participatory geographic information system (PGIS) methods for demand assessment in larger rural and agrarian contexts by identifying spatially explicit demand patterns for ES, thereby enlarging the body of participatory approaches to ES-based land use management. Accordingly, we map, assess, and statistically and spatially analyze different demands for five ES by different stakeholder groups in agricultural landscapes in three case studies. The results are presented in a stakeholder workshop and prerequisites for collaborative ES management are discussed. Our results show that poor correlation exists between stakeholder groups and demands for ES; however, arable land constitutes the highest share of the mapped area of demands for the five ES. These results have been validated by both the survey and the stakeholder workshop. Our study concludes that PGIS represents a useful tool to link demand assessments and landscape management systematically, especially for decision support systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: participatory mapping; ecosystem services; demand; PGIS; agricultural landscapes participatory mapping; ecosystem services; demand; PGIS; agricultural landscapes
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Schwartz, C.; Shaaban, M.; Bellingrath-Kimura, S.D.; Piorr, A. Participatory Mapping of Demand for Ecosystem Services in Agricultural Landscapes. Agriculture 2021, 11, 1193. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriculture11121193

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Schwartz C, Shaaban M, Bellingrath-Kimura SD, Piorr A. Participatory Mapping of Demand for Ecosystem Services in Agricultural Landscapes. Agriculture. 2021; 11(12):1193. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriculture11121193

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Schwartz, Carmen, Mostafa Shaaban, Sonoko D. Bellingrath-Kimura, and Annette Piorr. 2021. "Participatory Mapping of Demand for Ecosystem Services in Agricultural Landscapes" Agriculture 11, no. 12: 1193. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriculture11121193

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