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Title: Investigating stakeholder priorities and preferences for the restoration of containment landfill sites through the application of an ecosystem services approach
Author: Miller, Lorraine Anthea
ISNI:       0000 0004 6496 2874
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2014
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In recent years the concept of ecosystem services has been becoming increasingly important within environmental policy and decision making. A range of ecosystem services can be provided through the restoration of containment landfills but research to date has tended to focus on constraints rather than what can be provided by them. This study investigates the ecosystem service priorities of stakeholders for grassland and woodland as conventional landfill restoration land uses, and willow SRC as a new restoration land use. The overall priorities of stakeholders, and priorities with regard to trade-offs between ecosystem services are considered. This study also investigates the land use preferences of stakeholders for the delivery of ecosystem service priorities. It identifies conflicts and synergies between stakeholders and how these can be used to enhance sustainable land use planning and management in the context of the restoration of containment landfill sites. Data was collected through a combination of questionnaires and interviews. The study identifies major conflicts between stakeholders over the provision of recreation on sites, and over access being provided to landfill gas infrastructure. The study also identifies that local authority planning requirements, health and safety and the need for access to landfill gas infrastructure, are all potential barriers to the delivery of ecosystem service priorities. In order to maximize the ecosystem services prioritized by stakeholders, several suggestions are made. It is argued that there is: a need for changes in local authority planning requirements; a need for landfill gas managers to be included in decision making, and as statutory consultees in the planning of the restoration of sites, and a need for research into improving the design of landfill gas infrastructure, to enhance its suitability for use on sites that are to be opened to the public. The study also shows how an ecosystem service-based approach can be useful for identifying interests and conflicts and synergies between stakeholders in the context of the restoration of containment landfill sites.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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