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How Do Stakeholders Working on the Forest–Water Nexus Perceive Payments for Ecosystem Services?

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Department of Forest Economics and Management, Faculty of Forestry, Technical University in Zvolen, 960 01 Zvolen, Slovakia
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Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, 165 00 Suchdol, Prague, Czech Republic
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Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria (CREA), Agriculture and Environment Research Centre, 50125 Firenze, Italy
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Independent Researcher and Consultant in Urban Forestry and Ecosystem Services, 9052 Ghent, Belgium
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Department of Forest Economics, Faculty of Forestry, Istanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, 34473 Istanbul, Turkey
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Agricultural Economics Department, Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, 6202 Rabat, Morocco
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Department of Economic Development and International Economics, Faculty of Economics, Istanbul University, 34452 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
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Department of Forest Resources, University of Tlemcen, 13000 Tlemcen, Algeria
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Latvijas Valsts mežzinātnes institūts “Silava”, LV-2169 Salaspils, Latvia
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Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection, University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”, 35902 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Department of Forestry and Renewable Forest Resources, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Water Research Department, Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb, HR-10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Department of Ecological Economics, Institute for Ecological Economics and Management, Ukrainian National Forestry University, 79057 Lviv, Ukraine
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RDI Unit on Environmental Sustainability Assessment and Circularity (SUSTAIN), Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) Department, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), 4422 Belvaux, Luxemburg
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Department of Forest Policy, Economics and Forest Management, National Forest Centre-Forest Research Institute Zvolen, 960 01 Zvolen, Slovakia
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Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, University of Novi Sad, 381021 Novi Sad, Serbia
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Division for International Scientific Cooperation in Southeast Europe (EFISEE), Croatian Forest Research Institute, 10450 Jastrebarsko, Croatia
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Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria (CREA), Forestry and Wood Research Centre, 38123 Trento, Italy
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Forests 2020, 11(1), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11010012
Received: 14 November 2019 / Revised: 9 December 2019 / Accepted: 14 December 2019 / Published: 19 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Assessing, Valuing and Mapping Ecosystem Services)
Nowadays, great emphasis is placed on the relationship between forest and water because forests are considered as substantial sources of many water ecosystem services. The aim of this paper is to analyze the stakeholder opinions towards the relationship between forests and water and the potential development of water-related payments for ecosystem services (PES) schemes. The study is developed in the context of COST Action CA15206–PESFOR-W (Forests for Water) aimed at synthesizing current knowledge about the PES schemes across Europe. The stakeholder opinions were mapped out using a structured questionnaire consisting of 20 questions divided into four thematic sections. The data were collected through an online survey. The results showed opinions of 142 stakeholders from 23 countries, mainly from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. In order to analyze the collected data, the stakeholders were grouped in buyers, sellers, intermediaries, and knowledge providers. The survey results indicated that the most important category of water ecosystem services according to our sample of stakeholders is regulating services followed by provisioning services. Further findings pointed out the highest importance that shared values and direct changes in land management can have when designing water-related PES schemes. The role of public authorities and collective collaboration of different stakeholders, with emphasis on local and expert knowledge, are also identified as of crucial importance. The results show that stakeholder opinions can serve as a starting point when designing PES schemes. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest management; payments for water ecosystem services; stakeholder opinions; questionnaire survey; COST Action forest management; payments for water ecosystem services; stakeholder opinions; questionnaire survey; COST Action
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Báliková, K.; Červená, T.; De Meo, I.; De Vreese, R.; Deniz, T.; El Mokaddem, A.; Kayacan, B.; Larabi, F.; Lībiete, Z.; Lyubenova, M.; Pezdevšek Malovrh, Š.; Potočki, K.; Pelyukh, O.; Rugani, B.; Sarvasova, Z.; Šálka, J.; Stevanov, M.; Stojnic, S.; Jarský, V.; Vuletić, D.; Zahvoyska, L.; Paletto, A. How Do Stakeholders Working on the Forest–Water Nexus Perceive Payments for Ecosystem Services? Forests 2020, 11, 12. https://doi.org/10.3390/f11010012

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Báliková K, Červená T, De Meo I, De Vreese R, Deniz T, El Mokaddem A, Kayacan B, Larabi F, Lībiete Z, Lyubenova M, Pezdevšek Malovrh Š, Potočki K, Pelyukh O, Rugani B, Sarvasova Z, Šálka J, Stevanov M, Stojnic S, Jarský V, Vuletić D, Zahvoyska L, Paletto A. How Do Stakeholders Working on the Forest–Water Nexus Perceive Payments for Ecosystem Services? Forests. 2020; 11(1):12. https://doi.org/10.3390/f11010012

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Báliková, Klára, Tereza Červená, Isabella De Meo, Rik De Vreese, Tuğba Deniz, Abdelmohssin El Mokaddem, Bekir Kayacan, Fadila Larabi, Zane Lībiete, Mariyana Lyubenova, Špela Pezdevšek Malovrh, Kristina Potočki, Oksana Pelyukh, Benedetto Rugani, Zuzana Sarvasova, Jaroslav Šálka, Mirjana Stevanov, Srdjan Stojnic, Vilém Jarský, Dijana Vuletić, Lyudmyla Zahvoyska, and Alessandro Paletto. 2020. "How Do Stakeholders Working on the Forest–Water Nexus Perceive Payments for Ecosystem Services?" Forests 11, no. 1: 12. https://doi.org/10.3390/f11010012

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