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Category Text Publication
Reference Category Journals
DOI 10.1080/26395916.2020.1833986
Licence creative commons licence
Title (Primary) Including stakeholders’ perspectives on ecosystem services in multifunctionality assessments
Author Hölting, L.; Komossa, F.; Filyushkina, A.; Gastinger, M.-M.; Verburg, P.H.; Beckmann, M. ORCID logo ; Volk, M.; Cord, A.F.
Source Titel Ecosystems and People
Year 2020
Department CLE
Volume 16
Issue 1
Page From 354
Page To 368
Language englisch
Keywords Ecosystem services; nature’s contribution to people; trade-offs; socio-ecological systems; land use management; surveys; perception; interest groups

Multifunctional landscapes are used and shaped by a range of different stakeholders. The high number of diverging values, interests or demands in such landscapes can lead to conflicts that impact sustainability goals. In this study, our aim was to include stakeholders’ valuations of ecosystem services in multifunctionality assessments and thereby to identify different and possibly contradictory perspectives on landscape multifunctionality. Two European cultural landscapes, the Vereinigte Mulde (Germany) and the Kromme Rijn (The Netherlands), were used as case studies. Spatially explicit indicators of eleven ecosystem services were assessed and weighted according to their survey-based perceived importance for different stakeholder groups. While some significant differences between the groups were apparent, the results also revealed that all stakeholder groups acknowledge the importance of multiple ecosystem services. Stakeholder-specific multifunctionality hotspots occurred mainly in forests or grasslands and largely overlapped between the groups. Our study therefore clearly shows that the diversity of ecosystem services must be preserved in order to preserve the values that cultural landscapes offer to a wide range of people. While local solutions must be sought to resolve local land use conflicts over the use of ecosystem services, we conclude that multifunctionality can be declared a common goal.

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Hölting, L., Komossa, F., Filyushkina, A., Gastinger, M.-M., Verburg, P.H., Beckmann, M., Volk, M., Cord, A.F. (2020):
Including stakeholders’ perspectives on ecosystem services in multifunctionality assessments
Ecosyst. People 16 (1), 354 - 368 10.1080/26395916.2020.1833986