A novel telecoupling framework to assess social relations across spatial scales for ecosystem services research

Author(s): Martín-López, B., Felipe-Lucia, M., Bennett, E., Norström, A., Peterson, G. et. al.
In: Journal of Environmental ManagementVolume 241, 1 July 2019, Pages 251-263
Year: 2019
Type: Journal / article
Theme affiliation: Stewardship
Link to centre authors: Norström, Albert, Peterson, Garry
Full reference: Martín-López, B., Felipe-Lucia, M., Bennett, E., Norström, A., Peterson, G. et. al. 2019. A novel telecoupling framework to assess social relations across spatial scales for ecosystem services research. Journal of Environmental Management Volume 241, 1 July 2019, Pages 251-263

Summary

Access to ecosystem services and influence on their management are structured by social relations among actors, which often occur across spatial scales. Such cross-scale social relations can be analysed through a telecoupling framework as decisions taken at local scales are often shaped by actors at larger scales. Analyzing these cross-scale relations is critical to create effective and equitable strategies to manage ecosystem services. Here, we develop an analytical framework –i.e. the ‘cross-scale influence-dependence framework’- to facilitate the analysis of power asymmetries and the distribution of ecosystem services among the beneficiaries. We illustrate the suitability of this framework through its retrospective application across four case studies, in which we characterize the level of dependence of multiple actors on a particular set of ecosystem services, and their influence on decision-making regarding these services across three spatial scales. The ‘cross-scale influence-dependence framework’ can improve our understanding of distributional and procedural equity and thus support the development of policies for sustainable management of ecosystem services.

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