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Social Dimensions of Projected Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services in the Coastal-Rural Area of Nemunas River Reaches and Curonian Lagoon (Lithuania)

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Marine Research Institute, Klaipeda University, 92294 Klaipeda, Lithuania
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Business and Rural Development Research Institute, Faculty of Bioeconomy Development, Agriculture Academy, Vytautas Magnus University, 53361 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Academic Editors: Jenn Kai Tsai, Charles Tijus and Wei-Ling Hsu
Water 2021, 13(8), 1114; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13081114
Received: 23 March 2021 / Revised: 14 April 2021 / Accepted: 16 April 2021 / Published: 18 April 2021
The capacity of ecosystems to provide ecosystem services (hereinafter referred to as ES) depends on the state of their structure, processes, and functions, which is determined by interactions with other systems. These interactions are complex and take place in different climatic areas, and have different impacts on ecosystems and the use of ES. As the most sensitive part of the Lithuanian shore zone to climate change is the seaside zone or the coastal zone, which includes the Curonian Lagoon and the sea coast, the said area was therefore chosen for research. The case study examined those ES that were specific to the study area, without attempting to account for absolutely all ES. With an emphasis on the representation of different perspectives (in the process of assessing and preserving the potential of ES), the empirical study involved representatives of different (public and private) sectors. The public sector was represented by elders and eldership employees, the private sector by farmers and businesspeople. Respondents were selected purposefully to reflect the entire existing totality of the existing area. The evaluation of the obtained theoretical and practical results of the research identified the potential of the existing area ecosystem services and perspectives for the implementation of services by assessing their use according to respondents’ opinions, regional climate change, and national scale in EU environmental policy. View Full-Text
Keywords: coastal-rural area; ecosystem services; Nemunas Delta; Curonian Lagoon coastal-rural area; ecosystem services; Nemunas Delta; Curonian Lagoon
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Marcinkevičiūtė, L.; Vilkevičiūtė, J.; Žukovskis, J.; Pranskūnienė, R. Social Dimensions of Projected Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services in the Coastal-Rural Area of Nemunas River Reaches and Curonian Lagoon (Lithuania). Water 2021, 13, 1114. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13081114

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Marcinkevičiūtė L, Vilkevičiūtė J, Žukovskis J, Pranskūnienė R. Social Dimensions of Projected Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services in the Coastal-Rural Area of Nemunas River Reaches and Curonian Lagoon (Lithuania). Water. 2021; 13(8):1114. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13081114

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Marcinkevičiūtė, Lina, Jolanta Vilkevičiūtė, Jan Žukovskis, and Rasa Pranskūnienė. 2021. "Social Dimensions of Projected Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services in the Coastal-Rural Area of Nemunas River Reaches and Curonian Lagoon (Lithuania)" Water 13, no. 8: 1114. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13081114

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