Socio-Cultural and Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services Provided by Mediterranean Mountain Agroecosystems

A. Bernues, T. Rodriguez-Ortega, R. Ripoll Bosch, F. Alfnes

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Abstract

The aim of this work was to elucidate the socio-cultural and economic value of a number of ecosystem services delivered by mountain agroecosystems (mostly grazing systems) in Euro-Mediterranean regions. We combined deliberative (focus groups) and survey-based stated-preference methods (choice modelling) to, first, identify the perceptions of farmers and other citizens on the most important ecosystem services and, second, to value these in economic terms according to the willingness to pay of the local (residents of the study area) and general (region where the study area is located) populations. Cultural services (particularly the aesthetic and recreational values of the landscape), supporting services (biodiversity maintenance) and some regulating services (particularly fire risk prevention) were clearly recognized by both farmers and citizens, with different degrees of importance according to their particular interests and objectives. The prevention of forest fires (
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere102479
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume9
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • farming systems
  • natural park
  • trade-offs
  • conservation
  • landscape
  • europe
  • biodiversity
  • preferences
  • grassland
  • framework

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