Mapping perceived ecosystem service benefits in multifunctional landscapes across Europe

Project description

An assessment of ecosystem service benefits perceived and mapped by residents (n=2,301) across 13 multifunctional (deep rural to peri-urban) landscapes in Europe was made as part of project Agforward. The overall aim of Agforward was to promote agroforestry practices in Europe that will advance rural development i.e. improved competitiveness, and social and environmental enhancement. Throuhg our PPGIS approach we discuss how a local perspective can contribute to the development of contextualized and socially acceptable policies for sustainable ecosystem service management.

Research themes

Ecosystem management

Integrated landscape management

Project details

  • Start date:
    January 1, 2014
  • End date:
    December 21, 2017
  • Location:
  • Funded by:
    European Commission, 7th Framework Programme
  • Objectives:
    Understand place-based ecosystem service benefits and their contributions to wellbeing in multifunctional landscapes

Project contact

Nora Fagerholm

University of Turku

Participating partners

Tobias Plieninger

University of Göttingen and University of Kassel

Mario Torralba

University of Göttingen and University of Kassel

Related publications

Plieninger, T., Torralba, M., Hartel, T. & Fagerholm, N. (2019). Perceived ecosystem services synergies, trade-offs, and bundles in European high nature value farming landscapes. Landscape Ecology 34(7), 1565-1581.

Fagerholm, N., Torralba, M., Moreno, G., Girardello, M., Herzog, F., Aviron, S., Burgess, P., Crous, J., Ferreiro-Domínguez, N., Graves, A., Hartel, T., Măcicăsan, V., Kay, S., Pantera, A., Varga, A. & Plieninger, T. (2019). Cross-site analysis of perceived ecosystem service benefits in multifunctional landscapes. Global Environmental Change 56, 134-147.

Fagerholm, N., Martín‐López, B., Torralba, M., Oteros‐Rozas, E., Lechner, A. M., Bieling, C., Olafsson, A. S., Albert, C., Raymond, C. M., Garcia‐Martin, M., Gulsrud, N. & Plieninger, T. (2020). Perceived contributions of multifunctional landscapes to human well‐being: Evidence from 13 European sites. People and Nature 2(1), 217-234.

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