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Title: Engaging stakeholders to assess landscape sustainability

Abstract

Context: There is widespread consensus about the need for landscape sustainability but little agreement about how to define or measure it. Objectives: The aim of the paper is to present a systematic approach for measuring progress toward landscape sustainability goals. Methods: The approach was developed based on existing literature and our experiences in applying the approach to support more sustainable agricultural landscapes. Examples applying this approach are summarized for case studies in the United States (U.S.) and Mexico.. Results: The approach has six steps: the scope and objectives of the assessment are determined based on the particular context; indicators that alert pending concerns are selected and prioritized based on utility and relevance; baselines and targets are established for each indicator, and scenarios for consideration are determined; the indicator values are obtained and evaluated; trends in and tradeoffs among indicator values are analyzed; and good practices are developed, applied, and assessed. Conclusions: Insights gained from applying this approach suggest that designing sustainable landscapes depends on stakeholder engagement, effective communication, transparency and trust, timely monitoring, and continual improvement. Iterative application of the assessment approach builds capacity and promotes continual improvements in management practices, thus enabling timely responses to changing conditions while stillmore » progressing toward a set of locally defined goals.« less

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [2]; ORCiD logo [2]; ORCiD logo [3]
  1. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  3. Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (EE-3B)
OSTI Identifier:
1530076
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Landscape Ecology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: TBD; Journal Issue: TBD; Journal ID: ISSN 0921-2973
Publisher:
Springer
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Agriculture; Bioenergy; Landscape sustainability; Indicators; Stakeholders; Tradeoffs

Citation Formats

Dale, Virginia H., Kline, Keith L., Parish, Esther S., and Eichler, Sarah E. Engaging stakeholders to assess landscape sustainability. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1007/s10980-019-00848-1.
Dale, Virginia H., Kline, Keith L., Parish, Esther S., & Eichler, Sarah E. Engaging stakeholders to assess landscape sustainability. United States. doi:10.1007/s10980-019-00848-1.
Dale, Virginia H., Kline, Keith L., Parish, Esther S., and Eichler, Sarah E. Mon . "Engaging stakeholders to assess landscape sustainability". United States. doi:10.1007/s10980-019-00848-1. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1530076.
@article{osti_1530076,
title = {Engaging stakeholders to assess landscape sustainability},
author = {Dale, Virginia H. and Kline, Keith L. and Parish, Esther S. and Eichler, Sarah E.},
abstractNote = {Context: There is widespread consensus about the need for landscape sustainability but little agreement about how to define or measure it.Objectives: The aim of the paper is to present a systematic approach for measuring progress toward landscape sustainability goals.Methods: The approach was developed based on existing literature and our experiences in applying the approach to support more sustainable agricultural landscapes. Examples applying this approach are summarized for case studies in the United States (U.S.) and Mexico..Results: The approach has six steps: the scope and objectives of the assessment are determined based on the particular context; indicators that alert pending concerns are selected and prioritized based on utility and relevance; baselines and targets are established for each indicator, and scenarios for consideration are determined; the indicator values are obtained and evaluated; trends in and tradeoffs among indicator values are analyzed; and good practices are developed, applied, and assessed.Conclusions: Insights gained from applying this approach suggest that designing sustainable landscapes depends on stakeholder engagement, effective communication, transparency and trust, timely monitoring, and continual improvement. Iterative application of the assessment approach builds capacity and promotes continual improvements in management practices, thus enabling timely responses to changing conditions while still progressing toward a set of locally defined goals.},
doi = {10.1007/s10980-019-00848-1},
journal = {Landscape Ecology},
number = TBD,
volume = TBD,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {6}
}

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