The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has funded a project examining the spatial distribution and value of ecosystem services in the Roanoke River Basin, with a focus on the Dan River Basin and Lower Roanoke River Basin. Through participatory research and data analysis, Key-Log Economics is establishing which ecosystem services are most important to stakeholders in the Roanoke River Basin, and what actions can be taken to protect those services.
Two workshops in Danville, VA and Weldon, NC in April 2018 provided the bulk of participatory research to determine what environmental issues are most concerning to Roanoke River Basin communities, including uranium mining, coal ash disposal and storage, pollution from industry and agriculture, narrow riparian buffers, and development. Highly-valued ecosystem services in the region include recreational fishing, other recreation (paddling, hiking, boating), drinking water, and habitat for species.
We use means-end diagramming, a concept mapping technique used by government agencies, to connect changes in resource management to ecosystem and economic outcomes. This process allows stakeholders to prioritize ecosystem services and benefits, which then becomes the road map for our analysis of potential changes in the delivery of these ecosystem services and their respective societal benefits. Below is a sample means-end diagram on coal ash spills.
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Photo Credit: Brian Williams