Stakeholder perspectives for coastal ecosystem services and influences on value integration in policy

Simpson, Shay, Brown, Greg, Peterson, Ann and Johnstone, Ron (2016) Stakeholder perspectives for coastal ecosystem services and influences on value integration in policy. Ocean and Coastal Management, 126 9-21. doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.03.009

Author Simpson, Shay
Brown, Greg
Peterson, Ann
Johnstone, Ron
Title Stakeholder perspectives for coastal ecosystem services and influences on value integration in policy
Journal name Ocean and Coastal Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0964-5691
Publication date 2016-06-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.03.009
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 126
Start page 9
End page 21
Total pages 13
Place of publication Bromley, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Environmental and natural resource management in Australia occurs at a regional scale with many initiatives underpinned by an ecosystem services framework that aims to integrate economic, social and ecological values in decision-making. This research examines potential influences on value integration by identifying stakeholder perspectives for coastal ecosystem services using mangroves in south-east Queensland as a case study. The study site is one of Australia's fastest growing regions and exhibits a "hotbed of issues" with institutional complexity in coastal areas where urban development is concentrated. Q-methodology was used to systematically study stakeholder perspectives on coastal ecosystem services and identify natural groupings between stakeholders with shared values. A total of 43 respondents representing nine stakeholder categories were interviewed. Factor analysis identified four perspectives that were labelled: (1) Green Infrastructure; (2) Recreational Opportunity and Well-being; (3) Sustaining Regional Industries and Communities; and (4) Coastal Living. The concept of ecosystem 'bundles' was conducive to analysing the range of services valued by different perspectives and highlighted stakeholder priorities that underpin demand for coastal ecosystem services. Stakeholder perspectives show potential to influence coastal policy according to the ecosystem service categories that are prioritised in decision-making and the saliency of the services to the stakeholder group. This research contributes to the field of coastal management where a lack of progress on "well-documented problems" partly stems from governance failure to capture and consider pluralistic values in decision-making and exacerbates conflict between contested views.
Keyword Coastal management
Ecosystem services
Regional governance
South-east Queensland
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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