Trade-offs and synergies in the ecosystem service demand of urban brownfield stakeholders

Washbourne, Carla-Leanne, Goddard, Mark, Le Provost, Gaëtane, Manning, David A.C. and Manning, Peter (2020) Trade-offs and synergies in the ecosystem service demand of urban brownfield stakeholders. Ecosystem Services, 42. p. 101074. ISSN 2212-0416

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Brownfield site redevelopment presents an opportunity to create urban green spaces that provide a wide range of ecosystem services. It is important, therefore, to understand which ecosystem services are demanded by stakeholders and whether there are trade-offs or synergies in this demand. We performed a quantitative survey of ecosystem service demand from brownfield sites that included all major stakeholder groups. Results showed that there was a strong trade-off between demand for services related to property development (e.g. ground strength and low flood risk) and all other services, which were linked to vegetated sites. There was a secondary, but weak, trade-off between demand for services of more ‘natural’ vegetated sites (e.g. with a biodiversity protection role) and those linked to aesthetics and recreation. Stakeholders with a strong preference for biodiversity protection formed a distinct group in their ecosystem service demands. While a ‘development’ vs ‘green space’ trade-off may be unavoidable, the general lack of strong trade-offs in demand for other services indicated that the creation of multifunctional greenspaces from former brownfield sites would be desirable to most stakeholders, as long as these are biophysically possible.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ecosystem services, Demand, Stakeholders, Brownfield sites, Social survey, Trade-offs and synergies
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2020 14:48
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 19:33

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