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Land Cover Implications on Ecosystem Service Delivery: a Multi-Scenario Study of Trade-offs and Synergies in River Basins

Land cover change scenarios hold far-reaching implications for ecosystem services (ES), highlighting the need for understanding the trade-offs and synergies underlying the provision of multiple ES. The insufficient knowledge of the mechanisms …

Janeide Padilha, Claudia Carvalho-Santos, Fernanda Cássio, Cláudia Pascoal


The Role of Social License in Non-Industrial Marine and Coastal Planning: a Scoping Review

Marine and coastal environments are diverse and dynamic, supporting competing human interests and demands. As society seeks to balance contested uses of space, more holistic planning processes have emerged, which consider social, economic, and …

Keahna Margeson, Patricia Manuel, Ian Stewart, Enda Murphy, Mike Smit, Kate Sherren

Open Access 04-12-2023

Linking Forest Ecosystem Services to the SDGs: Semi-quantitative Mapping of Perceptions towards Integrated Decision-making

With this study, we test and present the results of a reproducible semi-quantitative methodological approach, which enables us to map perceptions of complex systems, linking the forest ecosystem services (FES) of a given spatial level to the wider …

Myriam Pham-Truffert, Jean-Laurent Pfund


Spatial Responses of Ecosystem Service Trade-offs and Synergies to Impact Factors in Liaoning Province

Global ecosystem services (ESs) are experiencing a significant decline, necessitating the development of robust environmental governance policies. To address the lack of integrated planning with heavy industry as the research object and a lack of …

Dong-Feng Ren, Ai-Ya Qiu, Ai-Hua Cao, Wen-Zhi Zhang, Ming-Wei Xu


Considerations for Research Funders and Managers to Facilitate the Translation of Scientific Knowledge into Practice

Research funders and managers can play a critical role in supporting the translation of knowledge into action by facilitating the brokering of knowledge and partnerships. We use semi-structured interviews with a research funding agency, the …

P. Tuohy, C. Cvitanovic, R. J. Shellock, D. B. Karcher, J. Duggan, S. J. Cooke


A Global Systematic Literature Review of Ecosystem Services in Reef Environments

Ecosystem services (ES) embrace contributions of nature to human livelihood and well-being. Reef environments provide a range of ES with direct and indirect contributions to people. However, the health of reef environments is declining globally …

Vinicius J. Giglio, Anaide W. Aued, Cesar A. M. M. Cordeiro, Linda Eggertsen, Débora S. Ferrari, Leandra R. Gonçalves, Natalia Hanazaki, Osmar J. Luiz, André L. Luza, Thiago C. Mendes, Hudson T. Pinheiro, Bárbara Segal, Luiza S. Waechter, Mariana G. Bender


Soil Black Carbon Increases Under Urban Trees with Road Density and Time: Opportunity Hotspots for Carbon Storage in Urban Ecosystems

Black carbon (BC) can comprise a significant fraction of the soil carbon pool in cities. However, vegetation cover and human activity influence the spatial distribution of urban soil BC. We quantified soil total carbon (TC), soil organic carbon …

Katherina A. Kang, Erika Marín-Spiotta, Elliot Vaughan, C. Reid Ferring, Alexandra G. Ponette-González


Cultural Theory, Wildfire Information Source, and Agency Public Trust: A Central Oregon Case Study

With the increasing occurrence and severity of wildfires in the U.S., and especially in the forests and rangelands of the western U.S., it is important to know which wildfire information sources are trusted by households and the amount of trust …

Brent S. Steel, Nicholas P. Lovrich, John C. Pierce

Open Access 14-11-2023

The Conflict over Białowieża Forest in the Light of Philip Kitcher’s Ideal Deliberation

Environmental conflicts involve many participants in the social life: citizens, foresters, the media, activists, politicians, officials and scientists. In this paper we pay special attention to scientists who provide the others with expert …

Ewa Kula, Zbigniew Wróblewski, Anna Starościc


Local Ecological Learning: Creating Place-based Knowledge through Collaborative Wildlife Research on Private Lands

Wildlife across all land tenures is under threat from anthropogenic drivers including climate change, invasive species, and habitat loss. This study focuses on private lands, where effective management for wildlife conservation requires locally …

Matthew Taylor, Aidan Davison, Andrew Harwood


Can Cap-and-Trade Be a Regulatory Option to Address Groundwater Depletion and Irrigation Crises in India? Reflections, Issues & Options

India is a global hotspot for irrigation-induced groundwater withdrawal, leading to widespread lowering of water levels, in turn resulting in disproportionate access to irrigation supplies among farming communities. Efforts to mitigate the …

Sriroop Chaudhuri, Mimi Roy, Madhumita Suresh


Effects of Hydrophobic Biochar-Modified Landfill Soil Cover on Methane Oxidation

Landfill cover soils play an important role in mitigating landfill methane (CH4) emissions. Incorporating biochar into the soil has proven effective in reducing CH4 emissions. However, the role of hydrophobic biochar in this context remains …

Qiuhong Li, Meiyan Xing, Bin Dong, Xiaojie Sun, Hongxia Zhang, Xueshuang Lu, Beibei Wu, Hongxiang Zhu


Can Grassland Rental Lead to Herders’ Rotational Grazing Under the Grassland Household Responsibility System? Evidence from Pastoral Areas in Northern China

Grassland property rights privatization has alleviated the problem of ‘the tragedy of the commons’ but led to an unintended ecological consequence—traditional nomadic modes declination. However, with the grassland rental market formation in …

Yuxing Shi, Chaoqiong Li, Minjuan Zhao


When Space and Time Matter in Environmental Injustice: A Bayesian Analysis of the Association between Socio-economic Disadvantage and Air Pollution in Greater Mexico City

Environmental injustice refers to the unequal burden of pollutants on groups with lower socioeconomic status. An increasing number of studies have identified associations between high levels of pollution and socioeconomic disadvantage. However …

Alejandro Lome-Hurtado, Julia Touza, Piran C. L. White, Colin J. McClean

Open Access 04-11-2023

Current Water Management of Small Lotic Waterbodies in the Context of Nature Conservation in Germany

Small lotic waterbodies are abundant and species rich habitats, offering refuges and microhabitats to protected species of the European Union Habitats Directive. Highly impacted by water management actions, it is essential to reveal the current …

Isabelle Idilbi, Axel Ssymank, Andreas Martens


Patterns and Pitfalls of Short-cuts Used in Environmental Management Rapid Reviews

Environmental managers and policy-makers need reliable evidence to make effective decisions. Systematic reviews are one way to provide this information but are time-consuming and may not meet the needs of decision-makers when faced with rapidly …

Meagan Harper, Trina Rytwinski, Steven J. Cooke

Open Access 01-11-2023

Increasing Salt Marsh Elevation Using Sediment Augmentation: Critical Insights from Surface Sediments and Sediment Cores

Sea-level rise is particularly concerning for tidal wetlands that reside within an area with steep topography or are constrained by human development and alteration of sedimentation. Sediment augmentation to increase wetland elevations has been …

Elizabeth Fard, Lauren N. Brown, Richard F. Ambrose, Christine Whitcraft, Karen M. Thorne, Nathaniel J. Kemnitz, Douglas E. Hammond, Glen M. MacDonald


Normative Assessment of Enabling Factors for Adaptive Water Governance; Evidence and Lessons from the Hirmand River Basin, Iran

Based on analyzing the composing elements of the water governance regime in the Hirmand River Basin, Iran, this paper examines the factors that facilitate the emergence of Adaptive Governance in a Global South context. Although the literature …

Saeed Bagherzadeh, Hojjat Mianabadi, Shahrzad Sadeghizadeh Bafandeh, Amineh Ghorbani, Behavar Deylami


Environmental Flows Assessment Based on the Coupling of Water Level and Salinity Requirements for Maintaining Biodiversity: A Case Study from the Ouémé delta in West Africa

The present study carried out on the Ouémé delta in West Africa, addresses the implementation of the BBM approach for the determination e-flows in a context of high data limitation. It also highlights the potential challenges for the …

Metogbe Belfrid Djihouessi, Fidèle Sossa, Berneed Mahounan Djihouessi, Berenger Arcadius S. Degan, Maximin Djondo, Gildas Djidohokpin, Olaniran Hamed Odountan, Rita Houngue, Laurent Houessou, Toussaint O. Lougbegnon, Beatrix A. Tigo, Abdoul Rachad Fousseni, Martin Pepin Aina

Open Access 27-10-2023

More Than a Service: Values of Rivers, Wetlands and Floodplains Are Informed by Both Function and Feeling

How people value rivers, wetlands and floodplains influences their attitudes, beliefs and behaviours towards these ecosystems, and can shape policy and management interventions. Better understanding why people value rivers, wetlands and …

Cherie J. Campbell, Siwan Lovett, Samantha J. Capon, Ross M. Thompson, Fiona J. Dyer