Comprehending the impact of environmental information in local governance processes to increase quality of life: the case of ecosystem services.
To have a greater effect in society, science should be attentive to the values, norms and frames that drive social change. We aim to increase the understanding of how knowledge on ecosystems, as well as ecosystem services can be made actionable to improve the capacity of local communities to adapt their environment for a more sustainable provisioning of ecosystem services, for instance to reduce adverse impacts of climate change.
To study these processes, we take the concept of social-ecological systems as a theoretical framework. We focus on the comparison of alternative ways of presenting and framing information on environmental benefits and the willingness and capacity of local actors in the social system to adapt their environment based on this information. We take a learning approach, analysing different case studies settings where local communities are provided with scientific information how they could adapt their landscape to improve the provisioning of ecosystem services. An existing interactive design instrument will be extended with this new knowledge, so that local planning processes are effectively supported, while informational quality is secured. A validation experiment is carried out, where stakeholders are provided with different types of information transfer and expected acceptance levels are tested.