Application of capability approach to assess the role of ecosystem services in the well-being of Indigenous Australians

Sangha, Kamaljit K., Le Brocque, Andrew, Costanza, Robert, and Cadet-James, Yvonne (2015) Application of capability approach to assess the role of ecosystem services in the well-being of Indigenous Australians. Global Ecology and Conservation, 4. pp. 445-458.

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The well-being of Indigenous people in Australia and throughout the world is linked to the use and value of natural resources. This research analyses the current well-being approach applied to measure well-being of Indigenous Australians. It reports findings from three case studies in Queensland on Indigenous people's values and concerns and their capabilities in relation to natural systems. It applies a holistic approach based upon the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and Sen's capability approaches and proposes an integrated well-being model by incorporating intangible values such as cultural and identity values, that are linked to people's capabilities involving natural systems. It provides a novel way of understanding the role of natural resources in Indigenous well-being by associating natural resources with people's capabilities. The study suggests transforming the present concept of well-being and its measures for incorporating people's capabilities that can effectively inform future policy decision making.

Item ID: 44430
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2351-9894
Keywords: Capability approach
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© 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license(

Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2016 23:51
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050199 Ecological Applications not elsewhere classified @ 35%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified @ 30%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge @ 35%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960599 Ecosystem Assessment and Management not elsewhere classified @ 70%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 30%
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