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Monday, April 9 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
POSTER: Social Values of Ecosystem Services Across Semi-Arid Watersheds in the Western United States

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AUTHORS: Cristina Quintas-Soriano*, Idaho State University & Boise State University; Jodi Brandt, Boise State University; Antonio J. Castro, Idaho State University

ABSTRACT: Sustainable management of water-related ecosystem services (WES) is a worldwide priority, especially in regions experiencing water scarcity and governance issues. WES are defined as freshwater benefits to people generated by freshwater social-ecological systems (SES), including freshwater supply, water quality, water regulation, flood mitigation, and cultural values. WES are particular susceptible to landscape changes such as agricultural expansion or urbanization, but also by watershed decisions that prioritize water supplies for human needs. Here, as part of the PECS-WaterSES project (www.pecwaterses.com), we use two place-based research sites that represent different watershed management scenarios to analyze patterns and perceptions and preferences regarding WES. We conducted over 1,000 face-to-face questionnaires to explore the societal demand regarding WES across two sites in the Portneuf and Treasure Valleys, Idaho (US). These sites have different climates, and socio-ecological and cultural dynamics, but are all experiencing new regional, societal demands for limited water resources. We examine how ecosystem services bundles emerge from diverging social preferences toward WES under different watershed management scenarios. Additionally, we explore factors determining differences in the social perceptions. We hypothesize that social demand for WES are strongly influenced not just by the social-ecological-cultural context but also by watershed management decisions over time.

Monday April 9, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm CDT
Monroe Room

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