Socioeconomic impact – Objective 4

 

Evaluation of the socioeconomic impact of changes in soil biodiversity for the public, managers, and stakeholders.

 

Unlike mammals, bees, or trees, soil organisms are almost unknown to the broader public and are rarely considered as a socioeconomic factor. The historical, educational, and economical values of soil biodiversity is strongly undervalued by forest managers and the larger public, probably because of a general ignorance about soil biodiversity and even some adverse feelings about some groups of soil organisms.

We evaluate what forest users, including managers and stakeholders, really know about, and how they value soil biodiversity and its relation to ecosystem services, with specifically designed surveys and a choice experiments.

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