Nature Conservation Against All? Aquatic Macrophyte De-Weeding – Cut or Conserve? A Stakeholder Analysis

  • Vasco Brummer Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen, Institute for International Research on Sustainable Management and Renewable Energy (ISR), Neckarsteige 6-10, 72622 Nürtingen, Germany https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3541-6375
  • Sandra Roth Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen, Institut für Landschaft und Umwelt (ILU), Neckarsteige 6-10, 72622 Nürtingen, Germany
  • Markus Röhl Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen, Institut für Landschaft und Umwelt (ILU), Neckarsteige 6-10, 72622 Nürtingen, Germany
  • Carsten Herbes Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen, Institute for International Research on Sustainable Management and Renewable Energy (ISR), Neckarsteige 6-10, 72622 Nürtingen, Germany
Keywords: aquatic biomass, stakeholder analysis, communication, economic use versus conservation, management, nuisance, society, nature, economy

Abstract

De-weeding of streams and lakes occurs in Germany on a widespread level, mostly to ensure water runoff and to provide flood protection. But de-weeding also affects a range of stakeholders, who have their own reasons to support or oppose it. For the list of stakeholders identified, see chapter 4. As part of a project analysing the feasibility of using water plant biomass as a substrate for biogas production, we conducted a multi-method stakeholder analysis to evaluate stakeholders’ opinions about de-weeding. The results show a preference of all stakeholders, except those identifying with nature conservation, for aquatic de-weeding. Our findings also point to a lack of communication between stakeholders, resulting in biased opinions of the stakeholders against other stakeholders and starting points for conflict.

Published
2017-12-06
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Brummer, V.; Roth, S.; Röhl, M.; Herbes, C. Nature Conservation Against All? Aquatic Macrophyte De-Weeding – Cut or Conserve? A Stakeholder Analysis. lo 2017, 54, 1-14.
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