Where are cultural and social in ecosystem services? A framework for constructive engagement
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A focus on ecosystem services (ES) is seen as a means for improving decisionmaking. In the research to date, the valuation of the material contributions of ecosystems to human well-being has been emphasized, with less attention to important cultural ES and nonmaterial values. This gap persists because there is no commonly accepted framework for eliciting less tangible values, characterizing their changes, and including them alongside other services in decisionmaking. Here, we develop such a framework for ES research and practice, addressing three challenges: (1) Nonmaterial values are ill suited to characterization using monetary methods; (2) it is difficult to unequivocally link particular changes in socioecological systems to particular changes in cultural benefits; and (3) cultural benefits are associated with many services, not just cultural ES. There is no magic bullet, but our framework may facilitate fuller and more socially acceptable integrations of ES information into planning and management. © 2012 by American Institute of Biological Sciences. All rights reserved.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1525/bio.2012.62.8.7
Publication InfoBalvanera, P; Basurto, Xavier; Bostrom, A; Chan, KMA; Chuenpagdee, R; Gould, R; ... Woodside, U (2012). Where are cultural and social in ecosystem services? A framework for constructive engagement. BioScience, 62(8). pp. 744-756. 10.1525/bio.2012.62.8.7. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/6449.
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Associate Professor of Sustainability Science
I am interested in the fundamental question of how groups (human and non-human) can find ways to self-organize, cooperate, and engage in successful collective action for the benefit of the common good. To do this I strive to understand how the institutions (formal and informal rules and norms) that govern social behavior, interplay with biophysical variables to shape social-ecological systems. What kind of institutions are better able to govern complex-adaptive systems? and how can societies (la