Contested landscapes: using an ecosystem function framework to aid decision making in the Lake District

Saunders, Helena (2010) Contested landscapes: using an ecosystem function framework to aid decision making in the Lake District. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This paper shows that the Lake District National Park uplands suffer conflicting pressure from its economic, environmental and social functions and their related goods and services. These functions cause damage to this upland ecosystem through erosion and sediment run-off, which adversely affect water quality in water courses and the lakes. An extensive Literature Review illustrates the components that make up the concept of ‘contested landscapes’, and identifies the Bassenthwaite Water Catchment Area as the selected area of study. Relevant policy provision relating to the preservation of the uplands proved that, whilst policies are in place to manage the Lake District National Park as a whole, the specific measures to protect and preserve the uplands are unclear. The uplands within the Bassenthwaite Water Catchment Area are some of the most frequented fells in the whole of the Lake District with a large number of stakeholders having diverse opinions as to the use and value of the uplands. In order to aid decision making for the Lake District National Park Authority, a survey was undertaken to analyse stakeholder preferences for the uplands using an adaptation of De Groot’s Ecosystem Function Framework. A questionnaire was administered during summer 2009, targeting ‘experts’ (organisations) local people and visitors. The Data Collection Results and the Analysis showed that the selected study area is highly contested between stakeholders with walking and environmental appreciation proving to be the strongest preferences. Local people had more polarised views than other respondents. This paper concludes that a new upland management plan would be beneficial, with greater public awareness of the issues facing the uplands, the measures needed to protect it and how the public can contribute. This requires more effective communication, clarity of duties and responsibilities of the various agencies, and greater Government support, in order to preserve this fragile upland ecosystem for future generations.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16

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