Tools for participative prioritization of ecological restoration in the Region of Valencia (southeastern Spain)

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Título: Tools for participative prioritization of ecological restoration in the Region of Valencia (southeastern Spain)
Título alternativo: Herramientas para la priorización participativa en restauración ecológica en la Comunidad Valenciana (sureste de España)
Autor/es: Cortina, Jordi | Aledo, Antonio | Bonet, Andreu | Derak, Mchich | Girón, J. | López Iborra, Germán M. | Ortiz, Guadalupe | Silva, Elysa
Grupo/s de investigación o GITE: Gestión de Ecosistemas y de la Biodiversidad (GEB) | Población, Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo (POMADE) | Ecología Espacial y del Paisaje (EEP) | Zoología de Vertebrados | Observatorio Sociológico de la Educación (OBSOEDU)
Centro, Departamento o Servicio: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ecología | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Multidisciplinar para el Estudio del Medio "Ramón Margalef" | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Sociología I
Palabras clave: Participative prioritization | Ecological restoration | Land management | Mediterranean landscape
Área/s de conocimiento: Ecología | Sociología
Fecha de publicación: sep-2017
Editor: Forêt Méditerranéenne
Cita bibliográfica: Forêt Méditerranéenne. 2017, 38(3): 325-334
Resumen: The effective integration of ecological restoration (ER) into land management requires the definition of priority areas and actions. At large spatial scales, priorities are commonly defined by experts in terms of ecological factors, particularly species distribution or a small set of ecosystem services. However, management decisions must deal with different habitats, and respond to society multiple demands and aspirations. New tools for identifying and analyzing priority criteria and determining best management alternatives, integrating ecological and socio-economic perspectives are needed. We developed a participatory approach to identify priority areas for restoration in a 224,472 Ha area in Crevillent Forest Demarcation, southeast semi-arid Spain. The challenge was to develop a rigorous yet accessible methodology that could be extrapolated to other regions. An 88-stakeholder platform was asked to identify and weight priority criteria for ER. Stakeholders identified five groups of criteria corresponding to natural and semi-natural environments, highly-humanized environments, criteria related to ecosystem functions, criteria related to landscape-scale processes, and socio-economic and cultural criteria. The integrated weight of the studied criteria showed that highly-humanized environments (landfills and waste dumps, river margins, unused quarries, rainfed crops, and irrigated crops) and criteria related to ecosystem function (key areas to reduce wildfire risk and vulnerability, key areas to reduce erosion, key areas to reduce water pollution) received the highest priority, together with areas with high cultural and ethnologic value. In contrast, the priority for natural and semi-natural environments and landscape-scale features was lower. We discuss these results and the feasibility of using this protocol to support decision making concerning ecological restoration actions in this Mediterranean landscape.
Patrocinador/es: We appreciate funding received from the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness and European Regional Development Funds (FEDER), project ‘Tools for planning ecological restoration in the Region of Valencia’ (TERECOVA; CGL2014-52714-C2-1-R).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/74571
ISSN: 0245-484X | 2268-3526 (Online)
Idioma: eng
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Derechos: © Forêt Méditerranéenne
Revisión científica: si
Versión del editor: http://documents.irevues.inist.fr/handle/2042/38749
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INV - POMADE - Artículos de Revistas
INV - EEP - Artículos de Revistas
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