An integrative modelling approach for linking environmental flow management, ecosystem service provision and inter-stakeholder conflict

Dídac Jorda-Capdevila, Beatriz Rodríguez-Labajos, Mònica Bardina

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Abstract

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Fifteen water flow-dependent ecosystem services (ES) are modelled for the case of the Ter (Catalonia, Spain), a river with persisting intra- and inter-basin conflicts on water flows. The aim is to analyse ES response (and ensuing social reaction) to changes in water flow management, in a context of several tradeoffs and synergies driven by access to water use.We argue for a new modelling approach to integrate diverse values and perspectives through engaging with stakeholders' concerns and claims. This is done under different conditions, including droughts, wet years, and different options for managing flows. Our approach involves two stages, namely water allocation modelling, including scenario development, and ES provision modelling, including participatory design of service suitability curves. The method presented allows analysing spatial/temporal patterns and ES performance. The paper explains methodological innovation and its application to highlight the role of recurrent socio-environmental conflicts in water management decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-34
JournalEnvironmental Modelling and Software
Volume79
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016

Keywords

  • Biophysical valuation
  • Environmental flows
  • Integrated valuation
  • Participatory modelling
  • River ecosystem services
  • Water conflicts

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