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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2017

Stakeholder perspectives of wood-pasture ecosystem services:

Angelstam, Per; Garrido, Pablo; Elbakidze, Marine; Plieninger, Tobias; Pulido, F.; Moreno, Gerardo;


Ecosystem services (ES) research has rapidly gained momentum in environmental policy and practice. However, qualitative socio-cultural approaches are still limited, and therefore, ES important for people, are currently. not commonly captured. We performed 34 face-to-face semi-structured interviews to describe stakeholders' appreciation of ES from dehesa landscapes in northern Extremadura, Spain. A total of 45 ES were mentioned, and compared among different sectors and levels of governance. At the local level, people appreciated especially provisioning and cultural services. In contrast, regional level respondents showed more appreciation for regulating and supporting services, which included biodiversity conservation and climate regulation. Private and public sector respondents appreciated provisioning services more, whereas the civil sector mentioned supporting and regulating services more. For instance, water regulation was only mentioned by civil and public sector respondents, while genetic resource preservation was only expressed by the private sector. All sectors noted cultural services as key ES. We discuss most mentioned ES by respondents, the co-production nature of ES in wood-pastures, as well as cultural services as key ES of dehesas in coupled social-ecological systems. We conclude with policy recommendations drawn from the insights of this study. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Dehesa landscape; Qualitative approach; Socio-cultural valuation; Social-ecological system; Traditional knowledge and practices; Transhumance

Published in

Land Use Policy

2017, volume: 60, pages: 324-333

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, School for Forest Management
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, School for Forest Management
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, School for Forest Management
Plieninger, Tobias
University of Copenhagen
Pulido, F.
University of Extremadura
Moreno, Gerardo
University of Extremadura

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG15 Life on land

UKÄ Subject classification

Agricultural Science

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