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Information preferences for the evaluation of coastal development impacts on ecosystem services: A multi-criteria assessment in the Australian context

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Marre, J-B and Pascoe, S and Thebaud, O and Jennings, S and Boncoeur, J and Coglan, L, Information preferences for the evaluation of coastal development impacts on ecosystem services: A multi-criteria assessment in the Australian context, Journal of Environmental Management, 173 pp. 141-150. ISSN 0301-4797 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.01.025

Abstract

Ecosystem based management requires the integration of various types of assessment indicators. Understanding stakeholders' information preferences is important, in selecting those indicators that best support management and policy. Both the preferences of decision-makers and the general public may matter, in democratic participatory management institutions. This paper presents a multi-criteria analysis aimed at quantifying the relative importance to these groups of economic, ecological and socio-economic indicators usually considered when managing ecosystem services in a coastal development context. The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) is applied within two nationwide surveys in Australia, and preferences of both the general public and decision-makers for these indicators are elicited and compared. Results show that, on average across both groups, the priority in assessing a generic coastal development project is for the ecological assessment of its impacts on marine biodiversity. Ecological assessment indicators are globally preferred to both economic and socio-economic indicators regardless of the nature of the impacts studied. These results are observed for a significantly larger proportion of decision-maker than general public respondents, questioning the extent to which the general public's preferences are well reflected in decision-making processes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Analytic hierarchy process, Australia, Coastal development, Ecosystem services assessment, Information preferences, Multi-criteria analysis
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied Economics
Research Field:Environment and Resource Economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Other Economic Framework
Objective Field:Ecological Economics
Author:Jennings, S (Dr Sarah Jennings)
ID Code:109022
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Deposited On:2016-05-18
Last Modified:2017-03-29
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