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Cuenca-Cambronero, M., Blicharska, M., Perrin, J.-a. -., Davidson, T. A., Oertli, B., Lago, M., . . . Brucet, S. (2023). Challenges and opportunities in the use of ponds and pondscapes as Nature-based Solutions. Hydrobiologia, 850(15), 3257-3271
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2023 (English)In: Hydrobiologia, ISSN 0018-8158, E-ISSN 1573-5117, Vol. 850, no 15, p. 3257-3271Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ponds and "pondscapes" (networks of ponds) are crucial habitats for biodiversity and for delivering multiple benefits to humans, so-called "Nature's Contribution to People", such as climate mitigation and adaptation to climate change, creation, and maintenance of habitat for biodiversity, water purification, flood mitigation and cultural benefits (e.g., recreational possibilities). However, ponds are not often considered as Nature-based Solutions to provide all these benefits. In addition, there is insufficient knowledge on how to manage and restore ponds to maximise their role to increase the resilience of ecosystems and society to climate change. To facilitate improved implementation of ponds as Nature-based Solutions for the delivery of a wide range of Nature Contributions to People, it is important to generate and integrate biodiversity, ecosystems, societal, economic and policy knowledge. Hence, there is a need for evidence-based guidance to support the broader use of ponds. Here, we review the role of ponds and pondscapes in delivering Nature's Contributions to People and provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities for their broader implementation as Nature-based Solutions. Finally, we propose a conceptual framework that can help the implementation of pond Nature-based Solutions, and that outlines future research needs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Nature, 2023
Keywords
Ponds and pondscapes, Nature-based Solutions, Nature contributions to people, Freshwater biodiversity, Climate change, Societal challenges
National Category
Oceanography, Hydrology and Water Resources Ecology Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-512793 (URN)10.1007/s10750-023-05149-y (DOI)000935482600003 ()
Available from: 2023-10-03 Created: 2023-10-03 Last updated: 2023-10-03Bibliographically approved
Teutschbein, C., Albrecht, F., Blicharska, M., Tootoonchi, F., Stenfors, E. & Grabs, T. (2023). Drought hazards and stakeholder perception: Unraveling the interlinkages between drought severity, perceived impacts, preparedness, and management. Ambio, 52(7), 1262-1281
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2023 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 52, no 7, p. 1262-1281Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The future risk for droughts and water shortages calls for substantial efforts by authorities to adapt at local levels. Understanding their perception of drought hazards, risk and vulnerability can help to identify drivers of and barriers to drought risk planning and management in a changing climate at the local level. This paper presents a novel interdisciplinary drought case study in Sweden that integrates soft data from a nationwide survey among more than 100 local practitioners and hard data based on hydrological measurements to provide a holistic assessment of the links between drought severity and the perceived levels of drought severity, impacts, preparedness, and management for two consecutive drought events. The paper highlights challenges for drought risk planning and management in a changing climate at the local level and elaborates on how improved understanding of local practitioners to plan for climate change adaptation can be achieved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Nature, 2023
Keywords
Climate change adaptation, Drought, Drought preparedness, Drought risk management, Municipal drought planning, Stakeholder perception
National Category
Oceanography, Hydrology and Water Resources Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Human Geography
Research subject
Hydrology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-500043 (URN)10.1007/s13280-023-01849-w (DOI)000962042600001 ()37010693 (PubMedID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 942-2015-1123The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, LN2016-0101
Available from: 2023-04-11 Created: 2023-04-11 Last updated: 2023-10-10Bibliographically approved
Stenfors, E., Blicharska, M., Grabs, T. & Teutschbein, C. (2023). Droughts in forested ecoregions in cold and continental climates: A review of vulnerability concepts and factors in socio-hydrological systems. WIREs Water, Article ID e1692.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Droughts in forested ecoregions in cold and continental climates: A review of vulnerability concepts and factors in socio-hydrological systems
2023 (English)In: WIREs Water, E-ISSN 2049-1948, article id e1692Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In a changing climate, drought risk and vulnerability assessments are becoming increasingly important. Following the global call for proactive drought risk management, drought vulnerability assessments are progressively taking their stage in the drought research community. As the manifestation of drought vulnerability is dependent on the social, ecological, and hydroclimatic context in which it occurs, identifying vulnerability factors relevant for specific climatological and ecological regions may improve the quality of vulnerability assessments. Meanwhile, a holistic overview of factors affecting vulnerability in polar and cold climates is currently lacking. These regions are home to large socio-hydrological systems including urban areas, energy systems, agricultural practices, and the boreal forest. By conducting an interdisciplinary systematic literature review, the manifestation and conceptualization of drought vulnerability were identified for forested ecoregions in the Köppen–Geiger D and E climates. Vulnerability factors, as described by several scientific disciplines, were identified and combined into a conceptual framework for drought vulnerability in the study region. The results demonstrate the wide range of conceptualizations that exist for assessing drought vulnerability, and the thematic differences between sectors such as forestry, water supply, and agriculture. The conceptual framework presented herein adopts a novel approach, categorizing vulnerability factors by their location in a socio-hydrological system, and their relation to blue or green water sources. This allowed for identification of systemic vulnerability patterns, providing new insights into regional differences in drought vulnerability and a base for stakeholders performing proactive drought risk assessments in the study region.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2023
Keywords
agriculture and forestry, drought risk assessment, socioeconomic and cultural systems, vulnerability factors, water resources and supply
National Category
Oceanography, Hydrology and Water Resources Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Geosciences, Multidisciplinary Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Hydrology; Earth Science with specialization in Environmental Analysis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-512764 (URN)10.1002/wat2.1692 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 942-2015-1123The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, LN2016-0101
Available from: 2023-09-28 Created: 2023-09-28 Last updated: 2023-09-28
Björkvik, E., Blyth, S., Blicharska, M., Danley, B. & Rönnbäck, P. (2023). Informing obligations: Best practice information for catch‐and‐release in Swedish local recreational fisheries management. Fisheries Management and Ecology, 30(3), 310-322
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2023 (English)In: Fisheries Management and Ecology, ISSN 0969-997X, E-ISSN 1365-2400, Vol. 30, no 3, p. 310-322Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Catch-and-release (C&R) is a popular management tool that can support sustainable development of recreational fisheries, if anglers adopt scientifically informed “best practices.” However, although the role of best practices is widely established in the academic literature, this knowledge is not always disseminated to anglers. In this paper, we investigated if and to what extent local management organizations provided best practice information to anglers. Based on a sample of 331 Swedish organizations, we reviewed the websites through which these organizations sold fishing licenses. Our review demonstrated widespread use of C&R as a management tool yet a general lack of best practice information. Among the small fraction of organizations that mentioned best practices, most mentioned only a single practice, with little consistency among practices that received attention. In addition, best practice information was particularly lacking for pike (Esox Lucius) and perch (Perca fluviatilis), which are by far the most landed and released species nationally. We discovered major knowledge deficiencies that provide insights about where and how to focus efforts for improving best practice information, in the context of local recreational fisheries management.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2023
Keywords
C&R science, hierarchical clustering, inland waters, institutional grammar, local management, mandatory C&R
National Category
Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-507503 (URN)10.1111/fme.12622 (DOI)000961359800001 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2016-00227Swedish Research Council, 2016-00227
Available from: 2023-07-06 Created: 2023-07-06 Last updated: 2024-01-12Bibliographically approved
Ryfisch, S., Seeger, I., McDonald, H., Lago, M. & Blicharska, M. (2023). Opportunities and limitations for Nature-Based Solutions in EU policies - Assessed with a focus on ponds and pondscapes. Land use policy, 135, Article ID 106957.
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2023 (English)In: Land use policy, ISSN 0264-8377, E-ISSN 1873-5754, Vol. 135, article id 106957Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) are growing in popularity to mitigate and adapt to climate change, enhance biodiversity, and secure human well-being. However, the emergence of NBS has not generated equal attention for all ecosystems. One such neglected ecosystem are ponds and pondscapes (i.e. groups of ponds in a landscape), which are deteriorating in quality and diminishing in quantity. As the European Union (EU) is regarded as influential in the conceptualisation and operationalisation of NBS, we conducted a qualitative content analysis of 38 EU policies to identify opportunities and limitations for the implementation of ponds and pondscapes as NBS. We focus our analysis on ponds and pondscapes, but their prevalence in different landscapes and their multitude of benefits allows us to also make some inferences about the implications of the EU policy context for NBS at large. We find that EU policies strengthen NBS linked to existing and potential Natura 2000 sites, as well as to ecosystems protected through the EU's Birds and Habitats Directives and Water Framework Directive. However, if ecosystems fall outside of these already established policies - as is the case with the vast majority of ponds and pondscapes - their implementation as NBS may be hampered. We also find that the EU emphasises natural water retention measures and carbon-rich ecosystems for climate change adaptation and mitigation, but mostly does not explicitly include ponds and pondscapes despite their potential contributions. Other findings are that the EU's Horizon Europe research policy will likely influence which ecosystems will be used and financed as NBS, while the exact ambition and selection of NBS rests with lower-level authorities or individuals. Therefore, further studies tracing the impact of the supra-national EU policy framework at lower governance levels are vital.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2023
Keywords
Barriers and enabling factors, EU policy framework, NBS implementation, Opportunities and limitations, Policy analysis, Ponds and pondscapes
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-518101 (URN)10.1016/j.landusepol.2023.106957 (DOI)001110825500001 ()
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020
Available from: 2024-01-02 Created: 2024-01-02 Last updated: 2024-01-02Bibliographically approved
Blicharska, M., Smithers, R. J., Kuchler, M., Munaretto, S., van den Heuvel, L. & Teutschbein, C. (2023). The water–energy–food–land–climate nexus: Policy coherence for sustainable resource management in Sweden. Environmental Policy and Governance
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2023 (English)In: Environmental Policy and Governance, ISSN 1756-932X, E-ISSN 1756-9338Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The concept of a ‘nexus’ across issues regarding the management of natural resources has gained increasing academic attention in recent years, but there is still relatively limited research on the application of the nexus approach for evaluating policies. This study analyses coherence among the main goals of five policy areas (water, energy, food, land, and climate) in Sweden, drawing upon a desk review, expert assessment, and interaction with stakeholders. The main objective is to enhance understanding of opportunities and challenges posed by such a nexus, understand policy interactions in Sweden, and provide insights into the use of policy coherence analysis as an integral part of resource nexus assessments. The analysis reveals synergies and conflicts between policy goals. For example, Sweden's environmental quality objectives (EQOs) regarding land and all the goals regarding water are either synergistic or neutral. Likewise, climate policy goals are well aligned with the goals regarding energy and ground water quality. On the other hand, the key goal for agriculture, which is food production, is the least coherent with those of the other policy areas. There are conflicts between the EQOs and goals regarding agricultural and forestry production. Stakeholders also indicate that climate goals are treated with higher priority than the goals of other policy areas. Notably, some interactions between policy goals are synergistic or conflicting depending on the context or their interpretation. Implementation of existing goals depends on relevant stakeholders' interests, priorities and interpretations, and on existing prevailing discourses in society, often supported by higher level policies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2023
Keywords
coherence analysis, natural resource management, policy coherence, Sweden, WEF nexus
National Category
Environmental Sciences Geosciences, Multidisciplinary Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Natural Resources and Sustainable Development; Political Science; Earth Science with specialization in Environmental Analysis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-510558 (URN)10.1002/eet.2072 (DOI)001044790600001 ()
Funder
European Commission, 689150 SIM4NEXUS
Available from: 2023-08-31 Created: 2023-08-31 Last updated: 2023-09-04Bibliographically approved
Stiepani, J., Sandig, A. & Blicharska, M. (2023). The Where, the How, and the Why of the gleaning fishery: Livelihoods, food security, threats and management on the island of Malalison, Philippines. Ocean and Coastal Management, 244, Article ID 106806.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Where, the How, and the Why of the gleaning fishery: Livelihoods, food security, threats and management on the island of Malalison, Philippines
2023 (English)In: Ocean and Coastal Management, ISSN 0964-5691, E-ISSN 1873-524X, Vol. 244, article id 106806Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Intertidal gleaning is a small-scale fishery (SSF) that is relatively little known, but contributes to the food security and income of many people. Yet, this SSF is not commonly considered in management planning, or policy development. This study investigates gleaning and its importance to food security and livelihoods of local people on the island of Malalison, Philippines, as well as the perceived threats to the coastal ecosystems where the gleaning occurs. In the study, 36 gleaners were interviewed and a participatory mapping session with 24 participants was held. The results reveal three distinct forms of gleaning in three different ecosystems around the island. The most common was walking gleaning within the rocky shorelines, followed by swimming or diving for invertebrates in shallow coral reef systems, and the collection of algae in a seagrass and algae meadows. While gleaning on average contributed to 9.57% of the monthly income of interviewees households, it was a primary source of income for 29% of women. For 81% of women and 33% of men gleaning was very important for the household food security. For men intertidal gleaning was considered a supplemental fishery when unable to perform regular SSF activities. The most commonly mentioned threat to coastal ecosystems was the increased impacts of typhoons (69.4% respondents), followed by an increase in gleaners (58.3%). Majority of the respondents stated gleaning should be regulated together with co-occurring SSF. Based on these results we discuss the importance of the gleaning for livelihoods and security, the implications of the existing threats, and the need to formally include gleaning in monitoring and management. We also suggest a need for both biological and social studies to provide science-based management guidelines. Understanding the gleaning practice is a prerequisite to address the obstacles and better plan for the management of this SSF.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2023
Keywords
Food security, Gender, Intertidal gleaning, Participatory mapping, Small-scale fisheries (SSF)
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-509803 (URN)10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2023.106806 (DOI)001157428900001 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2017-05411
Available from: 2023-08-23 Created: 2023-08-23 Last updated: 2024-04-11Bibliographically approved
Hambäck, P., Dawson, L., Geranmayeh, P., Jarsjö, J., Peacock, M., Collentine, D., . . . Blicharska, M. (2023). Trade-offs and synergies in the design of multifunctional wetlands: A scaling issue. Science of the Total Environment, 862, Article ID 160746.
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2023 (English)In: Science of the Total Environment, ISSN 0048-9697, E-ISSN 1879-1026, Vol. 862, article id 160746Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Wetland area in agricultural landscapes has been heavily reduced to gain land for crop production, but in recent years there is increased societal recognition of the negative consequences from wetland loss on nutrient retention, biodiversity and a range of other benefits to humans. The current trend is therefore to re-establish wetlands, often with an aim to achieve the simultaneous delivery of multiple ecosystem services, i.e., multifunctionality. Here we review the literature on key objectives used to motivate wetland re-establishment in temperate agricultural landscapes (provision of flow regulation, nutrient retention, climate mitigation, biodiversity conservation and cultural ecosystem services), and their relationships to environmental properties, in order to identify potential for tradeoffs and synergies concerning the development of multifunctional wetlands. Through this process, we find that there is a need for a change in scale from a focus on single wetlands to wetlandscapes (multiple neighboring wetlands including their catchments and surrounding landscape features) if multiple societal and environmental goals are to be achieved. Finally, we discuss the key factors to be considered when planning for re-establishment of wetlands that can support achievement of a wide range of objectives at the landscape scale.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2023
Keywords
Ecosystem services, Wetlandscapes, Ecohydrology, Climate mitigation, Biodiversity conservation, Cultural services
National Category
Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-491893 (URN)10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.160746 (DOI)000992330200001 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2019-02034Swedish Research Council Formas, 2020-1825Swedish Research Council Formas, 2018-843Swedish Research Council, 2019-02034Vinnova, 2019-02034
Available from: 2022-12-26 Created: 2022-12-26 Last updated: 2024-04-24Bibliographically approved
van den Heuvel, L., Blicharska, M., Stensland, S. & Rönnbäck, P. (2022). Been there, done that?: Effects of centrality-to-lifestyle and experience use history on angling tourists' loyalty to a Swedish salmon fishery. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 39, Article ID 100549.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Been there, done that?: Effects of centrality-to-lifestyle and experience use history on angling tourists' loyalty to a Swedish salmon fishery
2022 (English)In: Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, ISSN 2213-0780, Vol. 39, article id 100549Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The incorporation of theories and methods from tourism research in recreational fisheries research is not common practice, despite many parallels between the two research fields. Adopting a tourism perspective could contribute to our understanding of angling tourists' attitudes and preferences and help identify the factors affecting the recruitment and retention of anglers. The concept of destination loyalty reflects a tourist's intention to revisit or recommend a destination, and provides a suitable avenue for studying (repeated) visits to a fishing destination. This study assessed the destination loyalty of angling tourists targeting Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) and sea trout (Salmo trutta L.) at the Mo spacing diaeresis rrum river in southern Sweden. A structural equation model validated positive relationships between the psychological dimensions of destination image, satisfaction, place attachment and destination loyalty. In addition, centrality of the angling activity to the anglers' life was identified as a precursor of place attachment and subsequent loyalty. Moreover, anglers with a high experience use history for fishing at Mo spacing diaeresis rrum scored higher than other anglers on several of the indicators for image, satisfaction, place attachment and loyalty. These results show how applying a tourism perspective to traditional recreational fisheries research may help to explain angler loyalty to a recreational fishery, which ultimately contributes to the management of visitor numbers and experiences. The measurement model used in this study can inform future studies involving angling destination loyalty and contribute to creating a universal measurement scale for this construct and its antecedents. Finally, this study holds several implications for fishing destination marketing and management in terms of supporting diversification of the visiting angler population and the experiences the destination provides.Management implications: The model presented in this study highlights the importance of destination image in promoting satisfaction, place attachment and ultimately destination loyalty in a fishing destination. Moreover, we discuss how understanding angler heterogeneity may inform selective marketing efforts and promote loyalty in a variety of anglers. Additionally, we suggest how improving catch and non-catch related destination attributes could enhance the quality of the fishing experience as a whole, which improves satisfaction and fosters place attachment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2022
Keywords
Fishing tourism, Fishing destination management, Satisfaction, Structural equation modeling, Revisit intentions
National Category
Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-486784 (URN)10.1016/j.jort.2022.100549 (DOI)000861777100006 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2016-00227
Available from: 2022-10-17 Created: 2022-10-17 Last updated: 2022-10-17Bibliographically approved
Filho, W. L., Coronado-Marin, A., Lange Salvia, A., Silva, F. F., Wolf, F., LeVasseur, T., . . . Moggi, S. (2022). International Trends and Practices on Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education Institutions. Sustainability, 14(19), Article ID 12238.
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2022 (English)In: Sustainability, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 14, no 19, article id 12238Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sustainability reports are regarded as important tools in offering information about the environmental, social, economic, and institutional performance of an institution, and in demonstrating a commitment to matters related to sustainable development. But even though sustainability reporting has been used by a variety of higher education institutions to date, it is not as widely practiced as it should be. To further investigate this topic, a twofold approach was used: a study focusing on sustainability reporting approaches deployed in a sample of 30 universities across a set of countries; and a survey with a sample of 72 universities from different global regions to assess the extent to which they are deploying sustainability reporting as part of their activities. The scientific value of the paper resides in the fact that it offers a comprehensive overview of the subject matter of sustainability reporting, and how higher education institutions handle it. It also outlines the efforts in developing these documents which may catalyse further progress in this key area.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2022
Keywords
sustainability reporting, higher education, sustainable development, sustainability assessment, SDGs
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-487672 (URN)10.3390/su141912238 (DOI)000867124600001 ()
Available from: 2022-11-01 Created: 2022-11-01 Last updated: 2022-11-01Bibliographically approved
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