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A GIS approach to ecosystem services and rural territorial dynamics applied to the case of the gas industry in Bolivia

Hinojosa-Valencia, Leonith and Hennermann, Karl (2012). A GIS approach to ecosystem services and rural territorial dynamics applied to the case of the gas industry in Bolivia. Applied Geography, 34(2012) pp. 487–497.


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This paper presents a method for assessing environmental change based on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment approach and literature on ecosystem services and rural livelihoods. The method combines quantitative and qualitative data, namely GIS and stakeholders’ perceptions, respectively. We demonstrate the method by assessing recent environmental changes in two gas-rich territories in southern Bolivia. We suggest that the method is useful to measure environmental change, particularly in situations characterized by limited data availability and strong stakeholder concerns regarding environmental change. For the Bolivian case, we conclude that the environmental impact of the gas industry and related public investments in the preceding 10 years has not been significant. However, the people’s perceptions overestimate any changes and explain the emergence of socio-environmental conflicts that undermine the sustainability of the gas industry.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0143-6228
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Keywords: ecosystem services; environmental change, territorial dynamics; hydrocarbons; Bolivia
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
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Item ID: 33180
Depositing User: Leonith Hinojosa-Valencia
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2012 14:20
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:16
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