Birds and Bioenergy within the Americas: A Cross-National, Social–Ecological Study of Ecosystem Service Tradeoffs

dc.contributor.authorKnowlton, Jessie.L.
dc.contributor.authorHalvorsen, Kathleen.E.
dc.contributor.authorFlaspohler, David J.
dc.contributor.authorWebster, Christopher.R.
dc.contributor.authorAbrams, Jesse
dc.contributor.authorAlmeida, Sara.M.
dc.contributor.authorArriaga-Weiss, Stefan L.
dc.contributor.authorBarnett, Brad
dc.contributor.authorCardoso, Maíra R.
dc.contributor.authorCerqueira, Pablo V.
dc.contributor.authorCórdoba, Diana
dc.contributor.authorPersio Dantas-Santos, Marcos
dc.contributor.authorDunn, Jennifer L.
dc.contributor.authorEastmond, Amarella
dc.contributor.authorJarvi, Gina M.
dc.contributor.authorLicara, Julian A.
dc.contributor.authorMata-Zayas, Ena
dc.contributor.authorMedeiros, Rodrigo
dc.contributor.authorAzahara Mesa-Jurado, M.
dc.contributor.authorYamily Moo-Culebro, Lízbeth
dc.contributor.authorMoseley, Cassandra
dc.contributor.authorNielsen, Erik
dc.contributor.authorPhifer, Colin C.
dc.contributor.authorPischke, Erin C.
dc.contributor.authorSchelly, Chelsea
dc.contributor.authorSelfa, Theresa
dc.contributor.authorSilva, Chelsea A.
dc.contributor.authorSouza, Tatiana
dc.contributor.authorSweitz, Samuel R.
dc.contributor.authorVázquez-Navarrete, César J.
dc.description21 pages with color illustrations.en_US
dc.description.abstractAlthough renewable energy holds great promise in mitigating climate change, there are socioeconomic and ecological tradeoffs related to each form of renewable energy. Forest-related bioenergy is especially controversial, because tree plantations often replace land that could be used to grow food crops and can have negative impacts on biodiversity. In this study, we examined public perceptions and ecosystem service tradeoffs between the provisioning services associated with cover types associated with bioenergy crop (feedstock) production and forest habitat-related supporting services for birds, which themselves provide cultural and regulating services. We combined a social survey-based assessment of local values and perceptions with measures of bioenergy feedstock production impacts on bird habitat in four countries: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and the USA. Respondents in all countries rated birds as important or very important (83–99% of respondents) and showed lower enthusiasm for, but still supported, the expansion of bioenergy feedstocks (48–60% of respondents). Bioenergy feedstock cover types in Brazil and Argentina had the greatest negative impact on birds but had a positive impact on birds in the USA. In Brazil and Mexico, public perceptions aligned fairly well with the realities of the impacts of potential bioenergy feedstocks on bird communities. However, in Argentina and the USA, perceptions of bioenergy impacts on birds did not match well with the data. Understanding people’s values and perceptions can help inform better policy and management decisions regarding land use changes.en_US
dc.identifier.citationKnowlton, Jessie.L., et al. “Birds and Bioenergy within the Americas: A Cross-National, Social–Ecological Study of Ecosystem Service Tradeoffs.” Wheaton College Digital Repository, MPDI, 3 Mar. 2021,
dc.titleBirds and Bioenergy within the Americas: A Cross-National, Social–Ecological Study of Ecosystem Service Tradeoffs
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