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Comparison of Ecosystem Services from Mixed and Monospecific Forests in Southwest Germany: A Survey on Public Perception

Almeida, Iulia 1; Rösch, Christine 1; Saha, Somidh 1
1 Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Scientific studies have shown that mixed forests of silver fir (Abies alba Mill.) and European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) provide higher ecosystem services than monospecific forests. Mixed forests are known for their high resilience to climate change impacts and superior biodiversity compared to monospecific forests. Despite this superiority, the transformation from monospecific to mixed forests can meet socio-technical challenges that are manifested in dissent or even in conflicts. The integration of stakeholders and citizens plays a key role in analyzing their perceptions and views of forest transformation. Their knowledge is required to co-design and implement socially acceptable options and pathways to increase the share of mixed forests. Based on a survey in Southwest Germany, we analyzed stakeholders’ and citizens’ perceptions of ecosystem services of monospecific and mixed forests of silver fir and beech. The findings show that people believe that mixed forests provide better cultural, regulating, and supporting ecosystem services than monospecific forests. However, provisioning services were perceived as being equally or even better provided by monospecific forests. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000087054
Veröffentlicht am 29.10.2018
DOI: 10.3390/f9100627
Zitationen: 17
Web of Science
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2018
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1999-4907
KITopen-ID: 1000087054
HGF-Programm 36.02.01 (POF III, LK 01) Sustainability and Environment
Erschienen in Forests
Verlag MDPI
Band 9
Heft 10
Seiten Article: 627
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Vorab online veröffentlicht am 11.10.2018
Schlagwörter mixed forests; monospecific forests; online questionnaire survey; ecosystem services; public perception; stepwise regression
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