Next Article in Journal
Managing ICT for Sustainable Education: Research Analysis in the Context of Higher Education
Next Article in Special Issue
Fungal Pretreatments on Non-Sterile Solid Digestate to Enhance Methane Yield and the Sustainability of Anaerobic Digestion
Previous Article in Journal
The Perception and Knowledge of Financial Risk of the Portuguese
Previous Article in Special Issue
Preliminary Studies on Fungal Contamination of Two Rupestrian Churches from Matera (Southern Italy)
Article

An Ecosystem Services Valuation Research Framework for Policy Integration in Developing Countries: A Case Study from Nepal

1
Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, University of Southern Queensland, Queensland 4350, Australia
2
Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Sustainability 2020, 12(19), 8250; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198250
Received: 14 September 2020 / Revised: 3 October 2020 / Accepted: 5 October 2020 / Published: 7 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Collection Biodiversity 2020: Agriculture, Environment and Wellbeing)
Forest ecosystem services (ES) valuation research has increased exponentially in recent years, and scholars accept that such research could be useful in reshaping governments’ policies. Despite such scholarly efforts, the research outcomes have had limited application in actual policies and plans. This study explores reasons why ES valuation research recommendations are not reflected in policy processes and proposes a research framework which, when appropriately applied, would lead to the adoption of research findings. Literature review, semi-structured expert interviews (N = 29), and a workshop (N = 2), were used to achieve these objectives. Experts expressed that limited stakeholder engagement is the key factor hindering incorporation of ES research outcomes in policies and plans. We developed a framework that comprises four major components (inputs, actors, outcomes, impacts) and sets out the seven major steps involved in implementing this framework. Effective engagement of relevant stakeholders in each step is critical to integrate the ES research outcomes in policy and plans although this will demand a lengthy timeframe and a high investment requirement. Such engagement would create an environment of trust that enhances the acceptability of research outcomes among stakeholders. The acceptability of the research outcomes can increase ownership leading to more informed decision making, and ultimately yield desired outcomes in ES conservation. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest ecosystem services; research; framework; policy adoption forest ecosystem services; research; framework; policy adoption
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Acharya, R.P.; Maraseni, T.N.; Cockfield, G. An Ecosystem Services Valuation Research Framework for Policy Integration in Developing Countries: A Case Study from Nepal. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8250. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198250

AMA Style

Acharya RP, Maraseni TN, Cockfield G. An Ecosystem Services Valuation Research Framework for Policy Integration in Developing Countries: A Case Study from Nepal. Sustainability. 2020; 12(19):8250. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198250

Chicago/Turabian Style

Acharya, Ram P., Tek N. Maraseni, and Geoff Cockfield. 2020. "An Ecosystem Services Valuation Research Framework for Policy Integration in Developing Countries: A Case Study from Nepal" Sustainability 12, no. 19: 8250. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198250

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop