Tuesday 6
Social-ecological resilience indicators: a participatory tool to measure landscape resilience
Nadia Bergamini, Dunja Mijatovic, Pablo Eyzaguirre
› 11:35 - 12:30 (55min)
A decision support tool for analysis of the aesthetic value of regional landscapes in Quebec, Canada
Alison Munson  1@  , Nancy Gélinas  2@  , Steve Déry  2@  , Dominique Arseneault  3@  , Yan Boucher  4@  , Jie He  5@  , Stéphanie Uhde  6@  , Hirondelle Varady  7@  , Mylène Armstrong  8@  
1 : Centre d'Etude de la Forêt, Université Laval  (Faculté de foresterie, de géographie et de géomatique)  -  Website
Québec City, Québec -  Canada
2 : Faculté de foresterie, de géographie et de géomatique, Université Laval  (FFGG)
3 : Université du Québec à Rimouski  (UQAR)
4 : Ministère des ressources naturelles, Québec  (MRNQ)
5 : Université de Sherbrooke
6 : Institut de la Statistique du Québec
7 : Consortium en foresterie Gaspésie-Les-Île
8 : Groupe des PDFD de Charlevoix et du Bas-Saguenay

The aesthetic value of a landscape is an ecological benefit that is less often quantified, due to the difficulty in objectively representing this value in relation to more easily quantifiable services. The Charlevoix and Gaspé regions of Quebec, Canada, are well known for the beauty and particularity of their landscapes, which combine natural and agricultural elements in a rich, historical context. This new, collaborative project proposes to evaluate this aesthetic value, which contributes significantly to local socio-economic development and is embedded in the cultural values of local communities. We are working with local regional groups, concerned with natural resources development, to identify the most sensitive landscapes in each region, and the underlying biophysical attributes and attribute levels that underpin aesthetic value; the watershed scale is used for the first demonstration study area. Subsequent to this step, the typology of attributes developed will be used to consult both local and non-local populations on the monetary value they assign to each attribute and level of attribute. A diversity of consultation methods will be used in order to reach a maximum number of citizens and to cover large range of socioeconomic status. Economic values assigned from the outcome of this consultation will be represented spatially on the landscape in relation to the specific biophysical attributes. This process will form the basis for developing a regional framework to map other ecosystem services, with the eventual goal of refining a decision support tool that will allow analysis of different scenarios of land use and associated ecosystem services. The study is predicated on use of local knowledge and experience at each step, in order to both refine the process and assure an outcome that will be pertinent and applicable to local community decision-making.

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