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Qualitative Assessment of Forest Ecosystem Services: The Stakeholders’ Point of View in Support of Landscape Planning

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CREA, Research Centre for Agriculture and Environment, 50125 Firenze, Italy
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Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, 38123 Trento, Italy
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CREA, Research Centre for Forestry and Wood, 52100 Arezzo, Italy
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Forests 2018, 9(8), 465; https://doi.org/10.3390/f9080465
Received: 4 July 2018 / Revised: 24 July 2018 / Accepted: 30 July 2018 / Published: 1 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Participatory Forestry: Involvement, Information and Science)
In the last decades, the ecosystem services (ES) concept has become one of the main challenges of study and discussion in the scientific community. The quantitative and qualitative assessment of ES is as a tool to address forest management planning on a local scale. Forest landscape management planning is the most suitable level for integrating social needs and demands in the enhancement of different forest ES. Some regions in Italy have developed forest landscape management plans taking into account the social preferences for the different ES. In this paper, we refer to five case studies in three pilot areas in Italy. A survey collected and analyzed the opinions and preferences, from 362 stakeholders, for ten ES included in three categories (provisioning, regulating and cultural services). The main aim of this study is to understand what type of variables (study area, the groups of interest and socio-demographic characteristics of respondents) most influence stakeholder preferences for ES. The results show that for the sample of stakeholders involved in the survey, the most important ES category is regulating services followed by cultural services. In addition, the results show that the group of stakeholders’ interest is the most important variable influencing their preferences for ES. View Full-Text
Keywords: social assessment; forest multifunctionality; stakeholders’ involvement; forest planning; questionnaire survey social assessment; forest multifunctionality; stakeholders’ involvement; forest planning; questionnaire survey
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De Meo, I.; Cantiani, M.G.; Ferretti, F.; Paletto, A. Qualitative Assessment of Forest Ecosystem Services: The Stakeholders’ Point of View in Support of Landscape Planning. Forests 2018, 9, 465. https://doi.org/10.3390/f9080465

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De Meo I, Cantiani MG, Ferretti F, Paletto A. Qualitative Assessment of Forest Ecosystem Services: The Stakeholders’ Point of View in Support of Landscape Planning. Forests. 2018; 9(8):465. https://doi.org/10.3390/f9080465

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De Meo, Isabella, Maria G. Cantiani, Fabrizio Ferretti, and Alessandro Paletto. 2018. "Qualitative Assessment of Forest Ecosystem Services: The Stakeholders’ Point of View in Support of Landscape Planning" Forests 9, no. 8: 465. https://doi.org/10.3390/f9080465

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