Information preferences for the evaluation of coastal development impacts on ecosystem services: A multi-criteria assessment in the Australian context

Type Article
Date 2016-05
Language English
Author(s) Marre Jean-Baptiste1, 3, 4, Pascoe Sean3, Thebaud OlivierORCID2, 4, Jennings Sarah5, Boncoeur Jean1, Coglan Louisa4
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Bretagne Occidentale, UMR AMURE, Brest, France.
2 : IFREMER, UMR M101, AMURE, Unite Econ Maritime, Brest, France.
3 : CSIRO Wealth Oceans Flagship Marine & Atmospher R, Brisbane, Qld, Australia.
4 : Queensland Univ Technol, Sch Econ & Finance, Brisbane, Qld 4001, Australia.
5 : Univ Tasmania, Tasmanian Sch Business & Econ, Hobart, Tas, Australia.
Source Journal Of Environmental Management (0301-4797) (Academic Press Ltd- Elsevier Science Ltd), 2016-05 , Vol. 173 , P. 141-150
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.01.025
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Keyword(s) Analytic hierarchy process, Australia, Coastal development, Ecosystem services assessment, Information preferences, Multi-criteria analysis
Abstract Ecosystem based management requires the integration of various types of assessment indicators. Understanding stakeholders' information preferences is important, in selecting those indicators that best support management and policy. Both the preferences of decision-makers and the general public may matter, in democratic participatory management institutions. This paper presents a multi-criteria analysis aimed at quantifying the relative importance to these groups of economic, ecological and socio-economic indicators usually considered when managing ecosystem services in a coastal development context. The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) is applied within two nationwide surveys in Australia, and preferences of both the general public and decision-makers for these indicators are elicited and compared. Results show that, on average across both groups, the priority in assessing a generic coastal development project is for the ecological assessment of its impacts on marine biodiversity. Ecological assessment indicators are globally preferred to both economic and socio-economic indicators regardless of the nature of the impacts studied. These results are observed for a significantly larger proportion of decision-maker than general public respondents, questioning the extent to which the general public's preferences are well reflected in decision-making processes.
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Marre Jean-Baptiste, Pascoe Sean, Thebaud Olivier, Jennings Sarah, Boncoeur Jean, Coglan Louisa (2016). Information preferences for the evaluation of coastal development impacts on ecosystem services: A multi-criteria assessment in the Australian context. Journal Of Environmental Management, 173, 141-150. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.01.025 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00313/42428/