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Facilitating informed land-use decisions through the modelling of ecosystem service trade-offs

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dc.contributor.advisor Jackson, Bethanna
dc.contributor.advisor Frame, Bob Scott, Nicola 2017-05-24T01:25:58Z 2017-05-24T01:25:58Z 2017 2017
dc.description.abstract Increasing global populations are placing increasing pressure on our natural systems, reducing their capacity to produce the ecosystem services that we rely upon for human wellbeing (World Bank, 2004). Clarifying the implications of land-use decisions across the range of ecosystem services is fundamental to understanding the trade-offs inherent in land-use options. LUCI (the Land Utilization and Capability Indicator) is an emergent Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based framework developed to enable the mapping of several ecosystem services in a spatially explicit manner. This process enables a clearer understanding of the inter-dependencies between ecosystems and potential implications and trade-offs of management interventions across a range of services. There is however, limited understanding of the impact, utility and credibility of such tools for land-use decision-makers, or of how they perceive the information conveyed. This Thesis considered the impact that presenting information on land-use trade-offs through LUCI had on land-owners at the farm scale. This research supports previous findings that information alone does not drive behaviour (or decision-making) (Kollmuss, 2002, Fisk, 2011; Kennedy, 2010; Mackenzie-Mohr, 2000; Stern, 2000). Similarly, perceived credibility was not the main driver of decision-making nor is it necessarily rationally based. However without it, voluntary adoption of a new technology or tool is unlikely. Therefore, in seeking to diffuse tools, such as LUCI within a community, process design should take into account the social structures and the characteristics of targeted individuals within that community. The influence of temporal and context specific factors on decision-making provides both barriers and opportunities for technology diffusion. The research findings propose that when integrating new tools and technologies within communities, consideration is given to using a suite of tools, mechanisms and theories in concert such as Community-Based Social Marketing (Mackenzie-Mohr, 2011) and Diffusion Theory (Rogers, 2003) to facilitate improved diffusion and uptake by communities. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Rural land-use decision-making en_NZ
dc.subject Ecosystem service trade-offs en_NZ
dc.subject Ecosystem modelling en_NZ
dc.subject Farmer decision-making en_NZ
dc.subject Rural land-use en_NZ
dc.title Facilitating informed land-use decisions through the modelling of ecosystem service trade-offs en_NZ
dc.type text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Institute of Geography en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Physical Geography en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Masters en_NZ Master of Science en_NZ
dc.rights.license Creative Commons GNU GPL en_NZ 2017-04-10T01:32:03Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 050102 Ecosystem Function en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 040607 Surface Processes en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 040608 Surfacewater Hydrology en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 040699 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 050209 Natural Resource Management en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 050302 Land Capability and Soil Degradation en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 050399 Soil Sciences not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 960506 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 3 APPLIED RESEARCH en_NZ

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