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Stakeholders’ attitudes about the transplantations of the mediterranean seagrass posidonia oceanica as a habitat restoration measure after anthropogenic impacts: A q methodology approach

  • Autori: Zenone A.; Pipitone C.; D'anna G.; La Porta B.; Bacci T.; Bertasi F.; Bulleri C.; Cacciuni A.; Calvo S.; Conconi S.; Gravina M.F.; Mancusi C.; Piazzi A.; Targusi M.; Tomasello A.; Badalamenti F.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2021
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista
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Anthropogenic impacts on Posidonia oceanica meadows have led to a decline of this ecosystem throughout the Mediterranean. Transplantations have often been prescribed as a compensation measure to mitigate the impacts caused by coastal maritime works. Here a Q methodology approach was used to investigate the stakeholders’ attitudes in four case studies of P. oceanica transplants realized in Italian waters. Twenty-two respondents were asked to score 37 statements, and the resultant Q-sorting was analyzed via an inverse PCA using the KADE software. Four discourses, corresponding to the significant axes in the factorial analysis were identified: science and conservation (F1), oriented at a rigorous scientific approach; engineering and industry (F2), oriented at the economic development; environmentalism and participation (F3), oriented at the conservation of seagrass meadows; and transplantation-oriented (F4), oriented at the realization of transplants as compensation measures. The main conflicts and agreements between discourses are assessed and discussed, based on the analysis of the distinguishing statements that contributed to consensus or disagreement among discourses. The benefits of the Q methodology in the identification and mediation of conflicts in the four case studies are discussed, and its potential as a powerful aid in the development of a good environmental governance is acknowledged.