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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Perceived benefits from agroforestry landscapes across North-Eastern Europe: What matters and for whom?

Elbakidze, M.; Surova, D.; Munoz-Rojas, J.; Persson, J-O.; Dawson, L.; Plieninger, T.; Pinto-Correia, T.


Agroforestry landscapes are crucial to human wellbeing; however, they are in sharp decline across Europe. Improved understanding of the complexity of agroforestry landscapes within different biophysical, social cultural, economic and governance contexts is essential for designing effective policy and management interventions that are more tightly aligned with societal expectations and aspirations. This paper identifies and compares values that people attribute to agroforestry landscapes across North-Eastern Europe, using case studies in Sweden, Latvia, Belarus, and the Russian Federation. We apply the multiple-value approach developed for the conceptual framework of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services to an assessment of agroforestry landscapes. Using data from a total of 1634 face-to-face structured interviews, we (i) analyse and explore the preferences of diverse groups of respondents for agroforestry landscapes; (ii) identify a broad range of nature's contributions to people (NCP) that were attributed to agroforestry landscapes by respondents; and, (iii) analyse values of agroforestry landscapes across different contexts in NorthEastern Europe. We found that a highly heterogenous group of people - broadly irrespective of age, education, gender, place of residence, as well as political, economic, or social-cultural context - perceive agroforestry landscapes to be important to their quality of life. Respondents attributed multiple NCP to agroforestry landscapes, and nonmaterial NCP are the most frequently assigned in all four countries. An absolute majority of respondents across all case studies considered relational values of agroforestry landscapes to be important for their quality of life with identity as the most often associated with agroforestry landscapes. We discuss how relational values might be incorporated in policies and practices related to agroforestry landscapes in North-Eastern Europe.


Multiple-value approach; Value; Relational Value

Published in

Landscape and Urban Planning
2021, volume: 209, article number: 104044
Publisher: ELSEVIER

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, School for Forest Management
Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
Surova, D.
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
Munoz-Rojas, J.
University of Evora
Persson, J-O.
Stockholm University
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, School for Forest Management
Plieninger, T.
Universitat Kassel
Pinto-Correia, T.
University of Evora

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG10 Reduce inequality within and among countries

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Agricultural Science
Human Geography
Forest Science

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