ARPHA Preprints, doi: 10.3897/arphapreprints.e115998
Integration of acceptability analyses into an adaptive landscape co-design and management – The acceptability and landscape design cycle (ALDC)
expand article infoMaria Busse, Nico Heitepriem§, Jana Zscheischler|, Rosemarie Siebert
‡ Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, Germany§ State Office for Environment of the Federal State of Brandenburg (LfU), Department for Large Nature Reserves and Regional Development, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Spreewald, Lübbenau/Spreewald, Germany| Department of Geography, Faculty II, University of Vechta, Vechta, Germany
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1. Acceptability analyses of place-based innovations provide crucial in-depth knowledge (e.g., perceptions and values on landscapes) for the sustainability transformation of landscapes. However, previous acceptability analyses often neglect complex and on-going processes. We argue that for the design of a sustainability-oriented transformation and to address spatial and temporal dynamics in landscapes, an operational heuristic is needed that integrates acceptability analyses into an adaptive landscape co-design and management approach.

2. Therefore, this conceptual-empirical paper introduces the concept of the ‘acceptability and landscape design cycle’(ALDC), which is based on findings from various transdisciplinary innovation processes in the Spreewald region (Germany). It is composed of four iterative phases: (1) defining the preconditions for acceptability analysis, (2) conducting the acceptability analysis, (3) integrating the results into the landscape development strategy, and (4) re-designing and refining it.

3. We illustrate the application of these phases using the case study of the Cultural Landscape Spreewald. The paper provides practical implementation guidelines of the ALDC and contributes to a better understanding of the dynamics of acceptability decisions in landscape transformation processes. Furthermore, it can advance the understanding of how coevolution of socio-ecological systems occurs.

recursive patterns of acceptability, acceptance, landscape design, social learning, iterative innovation processes, collaborative decision-making