Community perceptions of ecosystem services under land use transformation in the Sierra de Tabasco region, Mexico
Cita: Mesa-Jurado, M.A., Pischke, Erin, Abrams, Jesse, Eastmond, Amarella, Halvorsen, Kathleen. 2019. Community perceptions of ecosystem services under land use transformation in the Sierra de Tabasco region, Mexico. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM). Snowbird, UTAH (USA).
International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM)
Periodo de realización: 1900/01/01 al 2019/06/20
Lugar(es) de estudio: Tabasco, México
Resumen: "The perception and use of ecosystem services can vary between different people and sectors (policy-makers, scientists, local communities, stakeholders). Exploring how people perceive and use ecosystem services can help to understand their behavior and has implications for ecosystem management and policy. Our purpose is to analyze community members’ perceptions of ecosystem services, environmental values, and expected changes to the ecosystem and their community in a region where oil palm plantations are expanding in areas previously occupied by cattle pastures and secondary forests. Our case study is located in a region of Southern Mexico highly deforested in the last century due to banana plantation establishment and cattle ranching where low-income rural populations have a high dependence on subsistence agriculture, governmental subsidies, and wage labor on plantations. In July 2015 we conducted a survey with 130 residents of 13 local communities, focusing on environmental and ecosystem services topics and comparing three typical landscapes: cattle pastures, oil palm plantations, and secondary forests. Our results highlight that local inhabitants perceive a different scale of ecosystem services and values provided by the different ecosystems located in their region as compared to general scholarly knowledge about nature and biodiversity values. Our preliminary results show that community interviewees emphasized the importance of provisioning services in their responses and expected socioeconomic changes from palm oil plantation expansion in the coming years."