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Using focus groups and participatory landscape assessment to identify and evaluate ecosystem services: a case study in North West India.

Using focus groups and participatory landscape assessment to identify and evaluate ecosystem services: a case study in North West India.

Bartlett, Deborah (2017) Using focus groups and participatory landscape assessment to identify and evaluate ecosystem services: a case study in North West India. In: Mapping and assessment of ecosystem services – Science in Action, 6-7th February 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Rapid uncontrolled development has led to changes in the landscape and impacts on the local environment and livelihoods of rural communities in the coastal area of Kutch district, Gujarat, India. This has potential impacts on local ecosystem and the services that they deliver and so this research, funded by the British Council UKIERI initiative, was carried out. The first step in identifying ecosystem services was to carry out landcape assessment to identify natural areas. The coastal plain was selected for in depth study and, after stakeholders had been identified focus groups were held to assess local perceptions of changes in ecosystem services and what were the causative agents. The results show that local communities have experienced a decrease in water supply and increasing soil salinity which is impacting on livestock rearing and agriculture as well as decreases in fish stocks. The need for a more integrated approach to landuse planning, taking the needs of local people into account, is suggested.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Speech)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ecosystem Serves
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Biology & Biotechnology Research Group
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Sciences
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2017 16:33
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16662

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