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Identifying priority biophysical indicators for promoting food-energy-water nexus within planetary boundariesPublicationresearch article ;Hua, Ting ;Zhao, Wenwu ;Wang, Shuai ;Fu, BojieResources, conservation and recycling. [Amsterdam} : Elsevier, 2020, vol. 163., p. 421-438Food, energy, and water are critical resources for human well-being and an essential part of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The food-energy-water (FEW) nexus can create cascading effects that influence critical earth system processes. However, how to promote FEW nexus safeguarding within the planetary boundaries is still unclear. Based on global datasets of official SDG-statistics, an operating framework combined planetary boundaries and the FEW nexus was constructed. We found that although there are substantial differences in the FEW nexus performances among various countries, the overall development of three branches is coordinated. However, the massive resource consumption associated with promotion of the FEW nexus can severely transgress multiple planetary boundaries. Optimistically, if the highest efficiency is considered, the conflict between biophysical resource consumption and FEW nexus will be alleviated. Therefore, considering the utilization efficiency and independent contribution of biophysical resource, we suggest that CO2 emissions, ecological footprint, material footprint, nitrogen, and phosphorus should be considered priorities among biophysical indicators for promoting FEW nexus within planetary boundaries. This study could be a step toward coordinating the conflicts between promoting the FEW nexus and planetary boundaries and optimizing the implementation of SDGs agenda. WOS© IF 10.204WOS© AIF 6.732Scopus© SNIP 2.593
- While member states have made a great effort into mapping ecosystem services (ES) in Europe, much work is still needed, especially in the marine domain. Difficulties in understanding the ecological functioning of marine ecosystem services (MES), together with the lack of administrative and technical resources, calls for the development of new assessment approaches. Even for the well-studied MES, the provision of wild seafood, few studies focus on mapping and mostly in a qualitative way by applying expert-based methods. This study aims to quantitatively map MES by developing new methodological frameworks for each of the components of the cascade model for wild seafood provision. The results showed a high potential of wild seafood provision in coastal areas, contrasting with offshore areas of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Wild seafood is mainly supplied in the central part of the EEZ and is influenced by biological (e.g. sediments) and anthropogenic (e.g. shipping) factors. The flow was mapped using the location of first buying companies, restaurants, hotels, and supermarkets showing that the highest values were located in the urban areas. The coastal zone has a high flow as a consequence of the high density of fish selling points. The demand was mapped using the population density, number of tourists, and the fish consumption per capita; showing a high demand for fish products in urban as coastal areas. A validation step for the developed potential and supply, the analysis of the limitations and methodological considerations for all components, highlights the future data needs; showing decision-makers where to direct efforts. Mapping all components of wild seafood provision is critical to understand dynamics, the trade-offs associated, and its role in the socio-economic dimensions of coastal communities. This information can then be integrated into decision-making by showing the advantages in achieving a sustainable provision of wild seafood.
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- The aim of this work is to study Lithuanian stakeholders’ perceptions of fire impacts in protected areas. For this study, the stakeholders consisted of foresters, ecologists and farmers. A clear understanding of the opinions of stakeholders about fire effects on environmental, social and economic aspects of Lithuanian protected areas will allow an assessment of the stakeholders’ reaction to fire policy, including government measures towards fire prevention, suppression and application of prescribed fire to landscape management. The results showed that stakeholders in general think that fire is not a threat to Lithuania and to the ecological processes in the protected areas. However, they agree that fires have negative impacts on soil properties and fertility but are not to an irremediable or irrecoverable extent. Stakeholders disagree that fire has positive consequences for agricultural and cattle activities but agreed that vegetation recovers quickly. They do not see fire as a social and economic problem, do not agree that prescribed fire could be used to landscape management, and believe that mechanical thinning is a better management tool than prescribed fire. Stakeholders agree that fire does not have negative impacts on the biodiversity. These opinions depended on the age group of the respondent but especially on the respondent’s professional occupation.
WOS© IF 9.787WOS© AIF 2.977Scopus© SNIP 3.271 Legal Aspects of Managing Recreational Forests in the Republic of Lithuania: Case Study of Vilnius Town Forest ManagementPublication[Teisiniai Lietuvos Respublikos rekreacinių miškų valdymo aspektai]research articleAplinkos tyrimai, inžinerija ir vadyba = Environmental research, engineering and management : Kauno technologijos universiteto, Vytauto Didžiojo universiteto, Lietuvos žemės ūkio akademijos, Klaipėdos universiteto, Vilniaus universiteto, Lietuvos energetikos instituto, Inžinerinės ekologijos asociacijos mokslinis žurnalas. Kaunas : Technologija, 2009, Nr. 4(50)., p. 76-82This study analyses the legal aspects of managing recreational forests in Lithuania. As a case study, it selects the forests under the management of Vilnius town. The paper discusses the division of forests into groups and sub-groups depending on their functional purposes and management objectives, the adaptation of Vilnius town forests to meet the requirements of social, recreational, cultural and ecological needs depending on forest farming intensity. The objective is to examine the balancing act between individual forest functions, which in many instances may be even contradictory: forest utilisation for wood harvesting, forest protection, provision of recreational service, etc. Conclusion is drawn that a single entity could be charged with the task to manage all state forests located in the territory of Vilnius town. The second proposed alternative is to enhance forest policy development and supervision functions within the administration of Vilnius town and then to contract one or several companies for implementation of these policy objectives. Evolution of Lithuanian state forestry sector - has time come for a next stage?Publication[Lietuvos valstybinių miškų ūkio sektoriaus evoliucija - ar atėjo metas naujam evoliucijos etapui?]research article ;Dudutis, DonatasAplinkos tyrimai, inžinerija ir vadyba = Environmental research, engineering and management : Kauno technologijos universiteto, Vytauto Didžiojo universiteto, Lietuvos žemės ūkio akademijos, Klaipėdos universiteto, Vilniaus universiteto, Lietuvos energetikos instituto, Inžinerinės ekologijos asociacijos mokslinis žurnalas. Kaunas : Technologija, 2008, Nr. 4(46)., p. 23-28Development of Lithuanian state forestry sector is a subject, examined in this paper. Common management principles and challenges related to decisions on public sector management as well as implementation of such decisions are surveyed. State forest sector management models of European Union states are analysed as well as possibilities to accommodate those models in Lithuania under conditions of globalization and changing market economy. The new state forestry sector management model would make it possible to use state forests more effectively, harmonizing economic, ecological and social functions of forest recourses. Assessment of sustainable development in transitionPublication[Darnaus vystymosi vertinimas pereinamosios ekonomikos sąlygomis]research article ;Burinskienė, MarijaEkologija. Vilnius : Lietuvos mokslų akademijos leidykla, 2007, Vol. 53, supplement., p. 27-33The aim of the article is to present the priorities of the EU sustainable development strategy and a methodological framework for monitoring the implementation of the EU sustainable development targets relevant to the energy sector. These targets are interrelated and can be addressed using a framework connecting the indicators with policies and measures aiming to achieve specific targets established by indicators and to show the interlinkages among the specific indicators and the interaction between policies and measures targeting specific indicators. The energy sector is a specific scope of sustainable development issues and is integrated in almost all priority areas of the EU sustainable development strategy: climate change mitigation and clean energy, sustainable transport, sustainable consumption and sustainable production, conservation and management of natural resources, public health, poverty and other social problems. Modelling and forecasting of country tourism development in LithuaniaPublication[Kaimo turizmo plėtros modeliavimas ir prognozavimas]research article ;Burinskienė, MarijaJournal of environmental engineering and landscape management. Vilnius : Technika, 2005, Vol. 13, no. 3., p. 116-120Development trends of the European Union society show that tourism has the highest increase rate. Tourism is an important branch of every country’s economy, because tourism consumption spreads over a large number of goods and services. In the last years development of country tourism in Lithuania has had a strong support from the government as well as the EU funds. The effect of economic variables on forecasting accuracy of guest numbers in Auk taitija National Park is examined using ARMA models. The empirical results show that country tourism has a positive linear trend and the consumer price index can be used as an explanatory variable forecasting country guest number. 1