Identifying links between ecosystem services and Aboriginal well-Being and livelihoods in north Australia: applying the millennium ecosystem assessment framework

Sangha, K.K., Butler, J.R.A., Delisle, A., and Stanley, O. (2011) Identifying links between ecosystem services and Aboriginal well-Being and livelihoods in north Australia: applying the millennium ecosystem assessment framework. Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering, 5 (7). pp. 931-946.

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Abstract

The livelihoods and well-being of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in remote and rural northern Australia are dependent upon the ecosystem services provided by tropical ecosystems. The well-being of all Australian citizens is measured by the Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) using socio-economic indicators. In this study we investigated the importance of non-market benefits derived from ecosystem services for Aboriginal well-being. Through a case study with the Mullunburra-Yidinji people in the Wet Tropics, Queensland, we applied the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) framework to identify the links between ecosystem services and the MA's six constituents of human well-being. The study demonstrated that cultural and provisioning services were key determinants of community well-being, and these are not currently measured by the ABS. We adapt the MA framework to include the ABS indicators and explore the potential strengths and weaknesses of the approach for measuring the well-being of contemporary remote and rural Aboriginal communities.

Item ID: 18782
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Aboriginal people, ecosystem services, gender, human well-being, livelihoods, millennium ecosystem assessment
ISSN: 1934-8940
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2012 02:01
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050199 Ecological Applications not elsewhere classified @ 30%
14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics @ 30%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060299 Ecology not elsewhere classified @ 40%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919902 Ecological Economics @ 100%
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