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Birds and Bioenergy within the Americas: A Cross-National, Social–Ecological Study of Ecosystem Service Tradeoffs

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Department of Biology, Wheaton College, Wheaton, MA 60187, USA
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Associate Vice President for Research Development Department, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931, USA
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College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931, USA
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Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém 66075-110, Brazil
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División Académica de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, Villahermosa 86040, Mexico
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Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931, USA
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Laboratory of Biogeography, Conservation, and Macroecology (BIOMACRO), Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém 66075-110, Brazil
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Laboratory of Ornithology and Molecular Biology, Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi/Universidade Federal Do Pará, Belém 66075-110, Brazil
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Department of Global Development Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, Canada
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Office of Research, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
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Unidad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida 97000, Mexico
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Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria, Concordia E3201, Argentina
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Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Bemidji State University/Northwest Technical College, Bemidji, MN 56601, USA
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Conservation International Brazil, Rio de Janeiro 20040-006, Brazil
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Global Wildlife Conservation, Austin, TX 78767, USA
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Laboratorio Transdisciplinario para la Sustentabilidad (LaTSu), El Colegio de la Frontera Sur Unidad Villahermosa, Villahermosa 86040, Mexico
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Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403, USA
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School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, USA
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Environmental Studies, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA
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Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
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Colegio de Postgraduados, Campus Tabasco, Villahermosa 86039, Mexico
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Academic Editor: Floortje van der Hilst
Land 2021, 10(3), 258; https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030258
Received: 4 January 2021 / Revised: 10 February 2021 / Accepted: 24 February 2021 / Published: 3 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bioenergy and Land)
Although renewable energy holds great promise in mitigating climate change, there are socioeconomic and ecological tradeoffs related to each form of renewable energy. Forest-related bioenergy is especially controversial, because tree plantations often replace land that could be used to grow food crops and can have negative impacts on biodiversity. In this study, we examined public perceptions and ecosystem service tradeoffs between the provisioning services associated with cover types associated with bioenergy crop (feedstock) production and forest habitat-related supporting services for birds, which themselves provide cultural and regulating services. We combined a social survey-based assessment of local values and perceptions with measures of bioenergy feedstock production impacts on bird habitat in four countries: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and the USA. Respondents in all countries rated birds as important or very important (83–99% of respondents) and showed lower enthusiasm for, but still supported, the expansion of bioenergy feedstocks (48–60% of respondents). Bioenergy feedstock cover types in Brazil and Argentina had the greatest negative impact on birds but had a positive impact on birds in the USA. In Brazil and Mexico, public perceptions aligned fairly well with the realities of the impacts of potential bioenergy feedstocks on bird communities. However, in Argentina and the USA, perceptions of bioenergy impacts on birds did not match well with the data. Understanding people’s values and perceptions can help inform better policy and management decisions regarding land use changes. View Full-Text
Keywords: aspen; biodiversity; Elaeis guineensis; eucalyptus; land use change; oil palm; Populus; public perceptions aspen; biodiversity; Elaeis guineensis; eucalyptus; land use change; oil palm; Populus; public perceptions
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Knowlton, J.L.; Halvorsen, K.E.; Flaspohler, D.J.; Webster, C.R.; Abrams, J.; Almeida, S.M.; Arriaga-Weiss, S.L.; Barnett, B.; Cardoso, M.R.; Cerqueira, P.V.; Córdoba, D.; Dantas-Santos, M.P.; Dunn, J.L.; Eastmond, A.; Jarvi, G.M.; Licata, J.A.; Mata-Zayas, E.; Medeiros, R.; Mesa-Jurado, M.A.; Moo-Culebro, L.Y.; Moseley, C.; Nielsen, E.; Phifer, C.C.; Pischke, E.C.; Schelly, C.; Selfa, T.; Silva, C.A.; Souza, T.; Sweitz, S.R.; Vázquez-Navarrete, C.J. Birds and Bioenergy within the Americas: A Cross-National, Social–Ecological Study of Ecosystem Service Tradeoffs. Land 2021, 10, 258. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030258

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Knowlton JL, Halvorsen KE, Flaspohler DJ, Webster CR, Abrams J, Almeida SM, Arriaga-Weiss SL, Barnett B, Cardoso MR, Cerqueira PV, Córdoba D, Dantas-Santos MP, Dunn JL, Eastmond A, Jarvi GM, Licata JA, Mata-Zayas E, Medeiros R, Mesa-Jurado MA, Moo-Culebro LY, Moseley C, Nielsen E, Phifer CC, Pischke EC, Schelly C, Selfa T, Silva CA, Souza T, Sweitz SR, Vázquez-Navarrete CJ. Birds and Bioenergy within the Americas: A Cross-National, Social–Ecological Study of Ecosystem Service Tradeoffs. Land. 2021; 10(3):258. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030258

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Knowlton, Jessie L., Kathleen E. Halvorsen, David J. Flaspohler, Christopher R. Webster, Jesse Abrams, Sara M. Almeida, Stefan L. Arriaga-Weiss, Brad Barnett, Maíra R. Cardoso, Pablo V. Cerqueira, Diana Córdoba, Marcos P. Dantas-Santos, Jennifer L. Dunn, Amarella Eastmond, Gina M. Jarvi, Julian A. Licata, Ena Mata-Zayas, Rodrigo Medeiros, M. A. Mesa-Jurado, Lízbeth Y. Moo-Culebro, Cassandra Moseley, Erik Nielsen, Colin C. Phifer, Erin C. Pischke, Chelsea Schelly, Theresa Selfa, Chelsea A. Silva, Tatiana Souza, Samuel R. Sweitz, and César J. Vázquez-Navarrete. 2021. "Birds and Bioenergy within the Americas: A Cross-National, Social–Ecological Study of Ecosystem Service Tradeoffs" Land 10, no. 3: 258. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030258

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