Spatially explicit perceptions of ecosystem services and land cover change in forested regions of Borneo

Abram, Nicola K., Meijaard, Erik, Ancrenaz, Marc, Runting, Rebecca K., Wells, Jessie A., Gaveau, David, Pellier, Anne-Sophie and Mengersen, Kerrie (2014) Spatially explicit perceptions of ecosystem services and land cover change in forested regions of Borneo. Ecosystem Services, 7 116-127. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2013.11.004

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Author Abram, Nicola K.
Meijaard, Erik
Ancrenaz, Marc
Runting, Rebecca K.
Wells, Jessie A.
Gaveau, David
Pellier, Anne-Sophie
Mengersen, Kerrie
Title Spatially explicit perceptions of ecosystem services and land cover change in forested regions of Borneo
Journal name Ecosystem Services   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2212-0416
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecoser.2013.11.004
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 7
Start page 116
End page 127
Total pages 12
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 2306 Global and Planetary Change
3305 Geography, Planning and Development
2303 Ecology
1101 Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Abstract Spatially explicit information on local perceptions of ecosystem services is needed to inform land use planning within rapidly changing landscapes. In this paper we spatially modelled local people's use and perceptions of benefits from forest ecosystem services in Borneo, from interviews of 1837 people in 185 villages. Questions related to provisioning, cultural/spiritual, regulating and supporting ecosystem services derived from forest, and attitudes towards forest conversion. We used boosted regression trees (BRTs) to combine interview data with social and environmental predictors to understand spatial variation of perceptions across Borneo. Our results show that people use a variety of products from intact and highly degraded forests. Perceptions of benefits from forests were strongest: in human-altered forest landscapes for cultural and spiritual benefits; in human-altered and intact forests landscapes for health benefits; intact forest for direct health benefits, such as medicinal plants; and in regions with little forest and extensive plantations, for environmental benefits, such as climatic impacts from deforestation. Forest clearing for small scale agriculture was predicted to be widely supported yet less so for large-scale agriculture. Understanding perceptions of rural communities in dynamic, multi-use landscapes is important where people are often directly affected by the decline in ecosystem services.
Keyword Boosted regression trees
Oil palm
Perception mapping
Social-ecological system
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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