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Exploring agricultural advice networks, beneficial management practices and water quality on the landscape: A geospatial social-ecological systems analysis
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre. Brock University, Canada.
Number of Authors: 4
2016 (English)In: Land use policy, ISSN 0264-8377, E-ISSN 1873-5754, Vol. 51, 236-243 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Agricultural practices have been linked to detrimental effects on ecosystems, with water quality of particular concern. Research has been devoted to understanding uptake of beneficial, or best, management practices (BMPs) in agriculture; however, sources of advice and subsequent effects on the landscape have not been elucidated. This study set out to understand (1) what sources of information agricultural producers rely on when making land-management decisions; (2) the characteristics of their advice networks; and (3) how the advice network linked spatially to water quality on the landscape. A watershed in Alberta was used as a case study and respondents identified that regional advisors were relied upon most often for advice and these advisors had the most influence on the adoption of BMPs. Results indicate that respondents with connections to regional actors implemented more BMPs that those without. Regional government actors had a greater effect than regional non-governmental actors. Local actors played a lesser role in advice networks related to BMP adoption. A 3D geovisualization was used to explore linkages among advisors, BMPs, and water quality. This technique may be useful for other scenarios and can contribute to policy development and enhanced practices.

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2016. Vol. 51, 236-243 p.
Keyword [en]
Agricultural practices, Social network analysis, Surface water quality, 3D geovisualization
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Social and Economic Geography Human Geography Ecology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127357DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.11.017ISI: 000369555700022OAI: diva2:910933
Available from: 2016-03-10 Created: 2016-03-02 Last updated: 2016-03-10Bibliographically approved

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