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Ecosystem service coproduction across the zones of biosphere reserves in Europe

Ecosystem service coproduction across the zones of biosphere reserves in Europe
Ecosystem service coproduction across the zones of biosphere reserves in Europe
Biosphere reserves (BR) balance biodiversity protection and sustainable use through different management restrictions in three zones: core areas, buffer zones, and transition areas. Information about the links between zoning and ecosystem services (ES) is lacking, particularly in terms of the relative roles of natural contributions (ecosystem properties and functions) and anthropogenic contributions (human inputs such as technology and infrastructure) in coproducing ES. This study aimed to: (1) analyse how coproduction of four ES (crop production, grazing, timber production, recreation) differs across the three zones of BRs; and (2) understand which predictors (zoning, natural and anthropogenic contributions, other environmental characteristics) best explain ES provision within BRs. To do this, we collected spatial data on 137 terrestrial BRs in the European Union and on 16 indicators of ES coproduction. We used non-parametric pairwise Wilcoxon rank sum tests to calculate differences in indicators between zones. We used model selection and multiple linear regression to identify predictors of ES provision patterns. Anthropogenic contributions showed most differences between zones, with contributions generally increasing from buffer zones to transition areas. Natural contributions did not, on average, differ between zones, however, for recreation and crop production they decreased from buffer zones to transition areas. ES provision differed between zones only for crop production and grazing, which increased from buffer zones to transition areas. Regression analysis showed that natural contributions are the best predictors of ES provision for all four services. Our results indicate that zoning of BRs has implications for ES coproduction.
Nature’s contributions to people, Nynke Schulp, UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme, capitals, co-production, conservation, protected areas, zonation
2639-5916
491-506
Palliwoda, Julia
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Price, Martin F.
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Torralba, Mario
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Beckmann, Michael
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Palliwoda, Julia, Fischer, Julia, Felipe-lucia, María R., Palomo, Ignacio, Neugarten, Rachel, Büermann, Andrea, Price, Martin F., Torralba, Mario, Eigenbrod, Felix, Mitchell, Matthew G. E., Beckmann, Michael, Seppelt, Ralf and Schröter, Matthias (2021) Ecosystem service coproduction across the zones of biosphere reserves in Europe. Ecosystems and People, 17 (1), 491-506. (doi:10.1080/26395916.2021.1968501).

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Abstract

Biosphere reserves (BR) balance biodiversity protection and sustainable use through different management restrictions in three zones: core areas, buffer zones, and transition areas. Information about the links between zoning and ecosystem services (ES) is lacking, particularly in terms of the relative roles of natural contributions (ecosystem properties and functions) and anthropogenic contributions (human inputs such as technology and infrastructure) in coproducing ES. This study aimed to: (1) analyse how coproduction of four ES (crop production, grazing, timber production, recreation) differs across the three zones of BRs; and (2) understand which predictors (zoning, natural and anthropogenic contributions, other environmental characteristics) best explain ES provision within BRs. To do this, we collected spatial data on 137 terrestrial BRs in the European Union and on 16 indicators of ES coproduction. We used non-parametric pairwise Wilcoxon rank sum tests to calculate differences in indicators between zones. We used model selection and multiple linear regression to identify predictors of ES provision patterns. Anthropogenic contributions showed most differences between zones, with contributions generally increasing from buffer zones to transition areas. Natural contributions did not, on average, differ between zones, however, for recreation and crop production they decreased from buffer zones to transition areas. ES provision differed between zones only for crop production and grazing, which increased from buffer zones to transition areas. Regression analysis showed that natural contributions are the best predictors of ES provision for all four services. Our results indicate that zoning of BRs has implications for ES coproduction.

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Accepted/In Press date: 31 July 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 6 September 2021
Published date: 2021
Keywords: Nature’s contributions to people, Nynke Schulp, UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme, capitals, co-production, conservation, protected areas, zonation

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Local EPrints ID: 455156
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/455156
ISSN: 2639-5916
PURE UUID: 28610228-7294-45c6-aa9a-e6ff07483587
ORCID for Felix Eigenbrod: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8982-824X

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Date deposited: 10 Mar 2022 20:10
Last modified: 30 Oct 2023 02:56

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Author: Julia Palliwoda
Author: Julia Fischer
Author: María R. Felipe-lucia
Author: Ignacio Palomo
Author: Rachel Neugarten
Author: Andrea Büermann
Author: Martin F. Price
Author: Mario Torralba
Author: Felix Eigenbrod ORCID iD
Author: Matthew G. E. Mitchell
Author: Michael Beckmann
Author: Ralf Seppelt
Author: Matthias Schröter

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