How do stakeholders working on the forest-water nexus perceive payments for ecosystem services?
ID Báliková, Klára (Author), ID Červená, Tereza (Author), ID De Meo, Isabella  (Author), ID De Vreese, Rik (Author), ID Deniz, Tuğba (Author), ID El Mokaddem, Abdelmohssin (Author), ID Kayacan, Bekir (Author), ID Larabi, Fadila (Author), ID Lībiete, Zane (Author), ID Lyubenova, Mariyana (Author), ID Pezdevšek Malovrh, Špela (Author), ID Potočki, Kristina (Author), ID Pelyukh, Oksana (Author), ID Rugani, Benedetto (Author), ID Sarvasova, Zuzana (Author), ID Šálka, Jaroslav (Author), ID Stevanov, Mirjana (Author), ID Stojnić, Srđan (Author), ID Jarský, Vilém (Author), ID Vuletić, Dijana (Author), ID Zahvoyska, Lyudmyla (Author), ID Paletto, Alessandro (Author)

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Nowadays, great emphasis is placed on the relationship between forest and water because forests are considered as substantial sources of many water ecosystem services. The aim of this paper is to analyze the stakeholder opinions towards the relationship between forests and water and the potential development of water-related payments for ecosystem services (PES) schemes. The study is developed in the context of COST Action CA15206–PESFOR-W (Forests for Water) aimed at synthesizing current knowledge about the PES schemes across Europe. The stakeholder opinions were mapped out using a structured questionnaire consisting of 20 questions divided into four thematic sections. The data were collected through an online survey. The results showed opinions of 142 stakeholders from 23 countries, mainly from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. In order to analyze the collected data, the stakeholders were grouped in buyers, sellers, intermediaries, and knowledge providers. The survey results indicated that the most important category of water ecosystem services according to our sample of stakeholders is regulating services followed by provisioning services. Further findings pointed out the highest importance that shared values and direct changes in land management can have when designing water-related PES schemes. The role of public authorities and collective collaboration of different stakeholders, with emphasis on local and expert knowledge, are also identified as of crucial importance. The results show that stakeholder opinions can serve as a starting point when designing PES schemes.

Keywords:forest management, payments for water ecosystem services, stakeholder opinions, questionnaire survey, COST Action, ecosystem services
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:BF - Biotechnical Faculty
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Number of pages:19 str.
Numbering:Vol. 11, iss. 1, art. 12
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-114223 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:1999-4907
DOI:10.3390/f11010012 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:5602214 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:19.02.2020
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Shortened title:Forests
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Keywords:ekosistemske storitve, upravljanje z gozdovi, plačilo za ekosistemske storitve, vodne ekosistemske storitve, anketa, deležniki


Funder:Other - Other funder or multiple funders
Funding programme:Slovak Research and Development Agency
Project number:APVV-17-0232

Funder:MESTD - Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia
Funding programme:SR, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport, Cultural and Educational Agency
Project number:009TU Z-4/2019

Funder:Other - Other funder or multiple funders
Funding programme:OPRDE
Project number:CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000803

Funder:Other - Other funder or multiple funders
Funding programme:COST
Project number:CA15206
Name:Forests for Water

Funder:Other - Other funder or multiple funders
Funding programme:STSM
Project number:43061
Name:The Stakeholders Perspectives Related to the Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)

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