Mittwoch , 15 August 2018

Articles

RESEARCH ARTICLE

The appreciation of nature and landscape by tourism service providers and visitors in the Ore Mountains (Germany)

The paper presents empirical studies on the appreciation of nature and landscape in the Eastern Ore Mountains (Saxony, Germany) by tourism service providers (TSP) and visitors. Attractive landscape and experience of nature are the most important reasons to visit this region and to spend leisure time there. Particularly mountain meadows, raised bogs and mixed forests are highly appreciated. Deforestation, industrial development and the decline …

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Sustainable landscape development and value rigidity: the Pirsig‘s monkey trap

New broader, adaptable and accommodating sets of themes have been proposed to help to identify, understand and solve sustainability problems. However, how this knowledge will foster decisions that lead to more desirable outcomes and analyses necessary to transition to sustainability remains a critical theoretical and empirical question for basic and applied research. We argue that we are still underestimating the tendency to lock into …

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Ecosystem Services RESEARCH ARTICLE

Urban-Rural Gradients of Ecosystem Services and the Linkages with Socioeconomics

The principle of urban-rural gradients can reveal the spatial variations of ecosystem services and socioeconomic dimensions. The interrelations between ecosystem services and socioeconomics have scarcely been considered in the context of urban-rural areas. We investigated the spatial gradients and the mutual linkages of several ecosystem services and socioeconomic variables in the urban-rural areas of Leipzig, Germany, and Kunming, China. The results showed some regularities …

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Ecology, Resilience and Management EDITORIAL

Editorial of Special Topic – Call for papers: “Ecology, Resilience and Management of our Landscape”

Based on the IALE-D Conference, which took place in Bolzano in October 2014, the Institute for Alpine Environment of EURAC in collaboration with the IALE-D opened this call for papers related to the Conference Topic “Ecology, Resilience and Management of our Landscape”. Interesting presentations, diversified approaches as well as stimulating discussions during the conference confirmed the relevance and actuality of …

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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Competing Wind Energy Discourses, Contested Landscapes

Photo reproduced with kind permission of Tom Sidji, www.tomsidji.de

The impairment of landscapes is a concern constantly raised against wind energy developments in Germany as in other countries. Often, landscapes or landscape types are treated in the literature as essentialist or at least as uncontested categories. We analyse two examples of local controversies about wind energy, in which “landscape” is employed by supporters and opponents alike, from a poststructuralist …

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Ecosystem Services RESEARCH ARTICLE

Do You Have 5 Minutes To Spare? – The Challenges Of Stakeholder Processes In Ecosystem Services Studies

Operationalization of the ecosystem services (ES) concept for improved natural resource management and decision support cannot, thus far, be rated as satisfactory. Participation of stakeholders is still a major methodical and conceptual challenge for implementing ES. Therefore, we conducted an online survey and a literature analysis to identify benefits and challenges of the application of ES in participatory processes. The …

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Sustainable noise abatement along motorways in Germany – an empirical study in the municipality Frasdorf (Bavaria)

As part of the planned expansion work of the motorway A8 between Rosenheim and Salzburg and the associated legal opportunity to develop new traffic noise protection measures, this study investigated properties of sustainable noise abatement in a community next to the A8. A two-stage empirical survey was conducted integrating a citizen and an expert Delphi survey. The results show that the noise from the …

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Detecting Land Use And Land Cover Changes In Northern German Agricultural Landscapes To Assess Ecosystem Service Dynamics

Land use and land cover (LULC) and their changes in share and number of classes can be documented by remote sensing techniques. Information on LULC is needed for the assessment of ecosystem services and is used as input data for mapping and modelling. This information is important for decision-making and management of ecosystems and landscapes. In this study, LULC were …

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Ecosystem Services RESEARCH ARTICLE

Ecosystem Service Potentials, Flows and Demand – Concepts for Spatial Localisation, Indication and Quantification

The high variety of ecosystem service categorisation systems, assessment frameworks, indicators, quantification methods and spatial localisation approaches allows scientists and decision makers to harness experience, data, methods and tools. On the other hand, this variety of concepts and disagreements among scientists hamper an integration of ecosystem services into contemporary environmental management and decision making. In this article, the current state …

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Scenario Methodology for Modelling of Future Landscape Developments as Basis for Assessing Ecosystem Services

The ecosystems of our intensively used European landscapes produce a variety of natural goods and services for the benefit of humankind, and secure the basics and quality of life. Because these ecosystems are still undergoing fundamental changes, the interest of the society is to know more about future developments and their ecological impacts. To describe and analyze these changes, scenarios …

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