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Mapping and assessing coastal recreation cultural ecosystem services supply, flow, and demand in LithuaniaPublicationCoastal recreation as a cultural ecosystem service (CES) is key to human wellbeing. However, anthropogenic impacts at the coast affect CES supply. Mapping and assessing CES can help achieve better coastal planning and management of the coast. Quantitative approaches for assessing and mapping CES are lacking, especially in coastal areas. We develop three quantitative models to assess and map coastal recreation CES supply, flow, and demand. We applied the developed models in the coastal region of Lithuania. The coastal recreation CES supply model comprises natural (e.g., naturalness) and cultural (e.g., points of interest) components. The input variables were (1) analysed for multicollinearity, (2) normalised and (3) overlayed using ArcGIS 10.8. An online survey was undertaken to assess and map CES flow and demand based on locations chosen by respondents where they perform recreation at the coast and the number of activities performed when visiting the coast. The coastal recreation CES supply model results showed that natural recreation is close to the coastline, forest areas, waterlines, and protected areas, while cultural recreation is highest in coastal urban areas. The supply model was validated (r2 = 0.11) based on the respondents' chosen coastal locations for recreation. The low validation allowed us to identify the mismatch between model results and respondents' preferences occurring in Klaipėda urban area. When removing respondents’ points in Klaipeda urban area, the model validation increased (r2 = 0.36). CES flow results highlighted Palanga, Šventoji, and Nida as the prime coastal recreation locations. The results of CES demand show that respondents living in municipalities near the coastline (Baltic Sea and Curonian Lagoon) perform fewer activities when visiting the coast. For other municipalities, a demand pattern was not observed. Our results yielded important spatial information that can be useful for planners and decision-makers in the context of coastal management. WOS© IF 8.7WOS© AIF 6.5Scopus© SNIP 1.849 Transition to Digital Entrepreneurship with a Quest of Sustainability: Development of a New Conceptual FrameworkPublicationRecent results of the Digital Economy and Society Index (52, 45%) and the European Index of Digital Entrepreneurship Systems (EIDES) (48%) illustrate an improved level of the digital performance in European Union countries and a significant progress towards unlocking the productivity of digital value co-creation and collaborative networks. It is also agreed that the rapid digitalization of the economy and the digital entrepreneurship approach fosters a transition of traditional business models to networked and integrated digital platform business models. Despite the well-recognized benefits of the digital entrepreneurship and the digital business ecosystem, application of emerging technologies and modern business models also brings inevitable sustainable management challenges. The main negative outcomes are in the disruption or exposure of vulnerabilities within collaborative organizational and social networks, the additional socio-technical pressure for both network supervisors and incumbents, and the asymmetry of digital information and resources, etc. Therefore, the present research provides a critical review on the scientific literature, a reconceptualization within the multi-level side effects, and an overview of the influence of the digital entrepreneurship within the sustainability and digital business ecosystem domains. The present paper delineates the sustainable digital entrepreneurship term and the combined conceptual framework of the digital sustainable value cycle. WOS© IF 3.9WOS© AIF 5.75Scopus© SNIP 1.198 Toward the Development and Validation of a Model of Environmental Citizenship of Young AdultsPublicationresearch articleSustainability. Basel : MDPI AG, 2022, vol. 14, iss. 6., p. 1-15Growing civic participation in environmental movements shows that societies are more engaging in behavior that can be described as environmental citizenship. This behavior, however, may not necessarily be driven by factual knowledge and accurate beliefs. In the present study, a simplified model of environmental citizenship proposed by Hawthorne and Alabaster is tested in a sample of Lithuanian young adults in order to develop a working model of environmental citizenship that could be later used in intervention designs as a change model. A convenience sample of 267 young adults from 18 to 40 years of age participated in the study by filling in a questionnaire that assessed various components that comprise a model of environmental citizenship. The results indicate that, with a few modifications to better fit the data, the model fit the data well and could explain approximately 50% of the variance of environmental citizenship. The study uncovered a gap between factual (concrete) environmental knowledge and environmental literacy (perceived competence), illustrating the need to address this divide in order to ensure evidence-based participation in environmental movements and environmental citizenship behavior. 12WOS© IF 3.9WOS© AIF 5.75Scopus© SNIP 1.198 Assessing customer preferences for shopping centers: effects of functional and communication factorsPublicationresearch article ; ;Karazijienė, Žaneta ;Bivainienė, LinaDambrava, ValdasSustainability: Section: Economic and business aspects of sustainability. Basel : MDPI, 2021, vol. 13, iss. 6, art. no. 3254., p. 1-17Retail companies operating in Lithuania are very important for the national economy. Domestic consumption has remained one of the most important drivers of Lithuania’s economic development. The objective of this article is to investigate the customer preferences and to identify selected factors of shopping centers in Vilnius, Lithuania. The study of Vilnius shopping centers is based on a complex model that integrates the following factors: shopping center goods and services, customer service, image factors, physical factors, situational factors and demographic characteristics of target consumers. Expert interviews aimed to determine the customer preference factors by perception of professional experts in relation to the phenomenon under study. The consumer survey questionnaire focuses on all the identified factors that determine the choice of a shopping center. This article identifies theoretical factors for the selection of retail shopping centers, reviews the market trends and peculiarities of Vilnius shopping centers, evaluates the factors for the selection and assess functional, emotional and communicational consumer preferences for the choice of Vilnius shopping centers. WOS© IF 3.889WOS© AIF 5.729Scopus© SNIP 1.31 Assessing customer preferences for shopping centers: effects of functional and communication factorsPublicationRetail companies operating in Lithuania are very important for the national economy. Domestic consumption has remained one of the most important drivers of Lithuania’s economic development. The objective of this article is to investigate the customer preferences and to identify selected factors of shopping centers in Vilnius, Lithuania. The study of Vilnius shopping centers is based on a complex model that integrates the following factors: shopping center goods and services, customer service, image factors, physical factors, situational factors and demographic characteristics of target consumers. Expert interviews aimed to determine the customer preference factors by perception of professional experts in relation to the phenomenon under study. The consumer survey questionnaire focuses on all the identified factors that determine the choice of a shopping center. This article identifies theoretical factors for the selection of retail shopping centers, reviews the market trends and peculiarities of Vilnius shopping centers, evaluates the factors for the selection and assess functional, emotional and communicational consumer preferences for the choice of Vilnius shopping centers. 5WOS© IF 3.889WOS© AIF 5.729Scopus© SNIP 1.31
- The goal of the present article is to compile a corpus of indicators of eHealth development evaluation that would essentially reflect stakeholder approaches and complement technical indicators of assessment of an eHealth system. Consequently, the assessment of the development of an eHealth system would reflect stakeholder approaches and become an innovative solution in attempting to improve productivity of IT projects in the field of health care. The compiled minimum set of indicators will be designed to monitor implementation of the national eHealth information system. To ensure reliability of the quality research, the respondents were grouped in accordance to the geographical distribution and diversity of the levels and types of the represented jobs and institutions. The applied analysis implies several managerial insights on the hierarchy of eHealth indicators. These insights may be helpful in recommending priority activities in implementation of an eHealth data system on the national or international level. The research is practically useful as it is the first to deal with the topic in Lithuania and its theoretical and practical aspect are particularly relevant in implementation of an eHealth data system in Lithuania.
WOS© IF 1.21WOS© AIF 1.559Scopus© SNIP 0.997 Soil erosion in sloping vineyards assessed by using botanical indicators and sediment collectors in the Ruwer-Mosel valleyPublicationresearch article ;Comino, Rodrigo J ;Quiquerez, A ;Follain, S ;Raclot, D ;Le Bissonnais, Y ;Casalí, J ;Giménez, R ;Cerdà, A ;Keesstra, S.D ;Brevik, E.C ; ;Senciales, J.M ;Seeger, M ;Ruiz Sinoga, J.DRies, J.BAgriculture, ecosystems & environment. [Amsterdam] : Elsevier, 2016, Vol. 233., p. 158-170Steep slopes, erodible soils, rill and ephemeral gullies, compaction due to wheel traf fi c and human trampling are common features in vineyards around the world and result in high soil erosion rates. However, little is known about seasonal and spatial variations of soil erosion rates due to factors such as the impact of the vine plantation, harvest, and tillage on the soil redistribution over the long-term temporal scale. The goal of this study is to assess long-term soil erosion rates and the impact of management on sediment and runoff yield by means of Gerlach troughs and a topographical approach based on botanic benchmarks in two paired vineyards with different ages (3 and 35 years) located on the hillslope of the Ruwer-Mosel Valley (Germany). We studied: i) soil pro fi les and properties at different hillslope locations and ii) soil redistribution and erosion by means of topsoil level maps applying botanic benchmarks using the Stock Unearthing Method (SUM), RUSLE (Revised Unviersal Soil Loss Equation) and Gerlach troughs. The SUM showed that the old vineyard ’ s erosion rates ranged from 3.3 to 3.8 Mg ha 1 yr 1 , which was similar to the Gerlach trough measurements, and we demonstrated that the soil erosion rates depended on rainfall characteristics and human disturbances due to tillage, harvest trampling, and compaction by heavy machinery. Data from the SUM in the young vineyard showed 62.5 Mg ha 1 yr 1 of soil loss, which is a consequence of severe soil disturbance during the planting of the new vineyard. Finally, to prove the reliability data, RUSLE showed higher soil loss in the young vineyards (19.46 Mg ha 1 yr 1 ) than in the old ones (11.28 Mg ha 1 yr 1 ). WOS© IF 4.099WOS© AIF 2.742Scopus© SNIP 1.871
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; ;Reinholde, IvetaOrlova, Urtė LinaRevija za socijalnu politiku. Zagreb : University of Zagreb, 2016, vol. 23, iss. 2., p. 181-195The turn of the 21st century was marked by the rise of formal democracy in Lithuania. Classical democracy perceived and understood mainly through elections and citizen participation in the political and policy processes has been extended to more instruments and more levels. Residents can now actively participate in decision-making at all levels: at the macro level as a part of electorate, as well as at the micro level as users of public services. The objective of the article is to analyse the process towards democracy in Lithuania from the perspective of residential care and user-involvement. The empirical part of the article provides an analysis of the results of the sociological research on residential care institutions, which reveals how significant co-participation and empowerment in the organization of social services and the provision of them are for ensuring subjective well-being. Co-participation and empowerment in the provision of services should be considered in a methodological way and perceived as some of the most significant examples of the manifestation of modern genuine democracy. WOS© IF 0.091WOS© AIF 1.304Scopus© SNIP 0.486