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Converting monospecific into mixed forests: stakeholders’ views on ecosystem services in the Black Forest Region

Almeida, Iulia; Rösch, Christine; Saha, Somidh


Converting monospecific into mixed forests can increase forests’ resilience against climate change-related extreme events such as droughts and storms. This insight is especially true when the tree species help each other, such as the fir in low mountain regions like the Black Forest, which improves the water supply of the beech through the hydraulic lift. However, the climate change adaptation strategy “mixed forests” impacts ecosystem services (ES) provided by these forests. Although the supply of ES is biophysically well-assessed, there is little knowledge about society’s views on ES, neither in terms of supply nor preferences. We aim to close this gap by investigating which ES are prioritized in mixed and monospecific forests of fir and beech at the Black Forest region. We analyzed whether differences depend on the type of forest and the stakeholders’ respective interests, and their potential benefits from these services. Making stakeholders’ perceptions explicit can facilitate their reflection, enhance knowledge-based and participatory decision making, and realize sustainable forest management strategies. We performed semi-structured interviews and conducted qualitative data analyses with MAXQDA software to investigate the rationale behind stakeholders’ perceptions of forests ecosystem services. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000140219
Veröffentlicht am 23.11.2021
DOI: 10.5751/ES-12723-260428
Zitationen: 2
Web of Science
Zitationen: 2
Zitationen: 5
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1195-5449, 1708-3087
KITopen-ID: 1000140219
HGF-Programm 37.11.02 (POF IV, LK 01) Societally-Feasible Transformation Pathways
Erschienen in Ecology and society
Verlag Resilience Alliance
Band 26
Heft 4
Seiten Article no: 28
Schlagwörter climate change; ecosystem services; forest conversion; mixed forests; monospecific forests; stakeholders’ perceptions
Nachgewiesen in Dimensions
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