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A framework linking ecosystem services and human well-being: operationalising the concept in Welsh saltmarsh

Rendon, Olivia R., Garbutt, Angus, Skov, Martin, Moller, Iris, Alexander, Meghan, Ballinger, Rhoda, Wyles, Kayleigh, Smith, Greg, McKinley, Emma, Griffin, John , Thomas, Merryn, Davidson, Kate, Pages, Jordi, Read, Simon and Beaumont, Nicola (2019) A framework linking ecosystem services and human well-being: operationalising the concept in Welsh saltmarsh People and Nature.

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The ecosystem services approach is based on the interdependencies between nature and human well-being. The ecosystem services aspect of these conceptual classifications is well-developed but the well-being aspect still remains unstructured and vaguely defined. This research advances and exemplifies the linkages between ecosystem services and well-being, with important insights for environmental and health management. An integrated framework was developed by adapting and linking the UKNEA-FO framework with Smith et al.’s (2013) human well-being domains. Besides benefits, the notion of disbenefits was incorporated to recognise the potentially detrimental effects from interacting with nature. Benefits and disbenefits occur at the social-ecological interface so they are classified by the seven domains of well-being they affect. Accounting for disbenefits and benefits specifically increased understanding of the differences in magnitude of their impact on society, spatial scale, and users. The framework is applied to Welsh saltmarshes, where we see that benefits mainly accrue at larger scales with a greater magnitude affecting local to global individuals, while disbenefits tend to occur at a smaller scale and impacting in-situ individuals only. Through trialling our integrated framework on Welsh saltmarshes it is evident that, by including the disbenefits and explicit well-being domains, this approach enables the greater inclusion and understanding of human well-being from the natural environment.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Rendon, Olivia R.
Garbutt, Angus
Skov, Martin
Moller, Iris
Alexander, Meghan
Ballinger, Rhoda
Smith, Greg
McKinley, Emma
Griffin, John
Thomas, Merryn
Davidson, Kate
Pages, Jordi
Read, Simon
Beaumont, Nicola
Date : 3 December 2019
Funders : Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
DOI : doi.10.1002/pan3.10050
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Grant Title : Natural Environment Research Council Award
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 The Authors
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 20 Feb 2020 16:51
Last Modified : 20 Feb 2020 16:51

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