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Uncovering ecosystem service bundles through social preferences
Martín López, Berta (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Iniesta Arandia, Irene (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
García Llorente, Marina (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Palomo, Ignacio (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Casado Arzuaga, Izaskun (Universidad del País Vasco)
García Del Amo, David (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Gómez Baggethun, Erik (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Oteros Rozas, Elisa (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Palacios Agundez, Igone (Universidad del País Vasco)
Willaarts, Bárbara (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. CEIGRAM)
González, José A. (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Santos Martín, Fernando (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Onaindia, Miren (Universidad del País Vasco)
López Santiago, Cesar (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Montes, Carlos (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Date: 2012
Abstract: Ecosystem service assessments have increasingly been used to support environmental management policies, mainly based on biophysical and economic indicators. However, few studies have coped with the social-cultural dimension of ecosystem services, despite being considered a research priority. We examined how ecosystem service bundles and trade-offs emerge from diverging social preferences toward ecosystem services delivered by various types of ecosystems in Spain. We conducted 3,379 direct face-to-face questionnaires in eight different case study sites from 2007 to 2011. Overall, 90. 5% of the sampled population recognized the ecosystem's capacity to deliver services. Formal studies, environmental behavior, and gender variables influenced the probability of people recognizing the ecosystem's capacity to provide services. The ecosystem services most frequently perceived by people were regulating services; of those, air purification held the greatest importance. However, statistical analysis showed that socio-cultural factors and the conservation management strategy of ecosystems (i. e. , National Park, Natural Park, or a non-protected area) have an effect on social preferences toward ecosystem services. Ecosystem service trade-offs and bundles were identified by analyzing social preferences through multivariate analysis (redundancy analysis and hierarchical cluster analysis). We found a clear trade-off among provisioning services (and recreational hunting) versus regulating services and almost all cultural services. We identified three ecosystem service bundles associated with the conservation management strategy and the rural-urban gradient. We conclude that socio-cultural preferences toward ecosystem services can serve as a tool to identify relevant services for people, the factors underlying these social preferences, and emerging ecosystem service bundles and trade-offs.
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció MAGRAMA/project 018/2009
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció MAGRAMA/project #079/RN08/02.1
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Language: Anglès.
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Published in: PLoS One, Vol. 7, Issue 6 (Juny 2012) , p. e38970, ISSN 1932-6203

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0038970
PMID: 22720006

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