An ecosystem services framework to evaluate indigenous and local peoples' connections with nature

Sangha, Kamaljit K., Preece, Luke, Villarreal-Rosas, Jaramar, Kegamba, Juma J., Paudyal, Kiran, Warmenhoven, Tui, and RamaKrishnan, P.S. (2018) An ecosystem services framework to evaluate indigenous and local peoples' connections with nature. Ecosystem Services, 31 (Part A). pp. 111-125.

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Abstract

Indigenous and local peoples' connections with nature are not only limited to the benefits or services people derive from ecosystems, as considered by international frameworks, but also entail peoples' capabilities (knowledges and skills) that enable people to derive those benefits. Applying Sen's (1993) Capability Approach, this paper proposes an ecosystem services framework that underscores peoples' capabilities along with well-being benefits, to inform policy decision-making about the value of natural resources towards Indigenous and local peoples' well-being. We offer an economic perspective of considering Indigenous and local estates as a source of opportunities, and construct an integrated framework based on six case studies across the globe. We argue that supporting Indigenous and local peoples to utilize and build capabilities to manage natural systems will deliver manifold benefits to them as well as to the wider public. Moreover, learning Indigenous and local ethics to care for nature will help many of us to better manage and value our fast depleting natural resources.

Item ID: 54203
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2212-0416
Copyright Information: © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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This manuscript is an outcome of an Indigenous well-being and ecosystem services workshop organized for the OCEANIA Ecosystem Services forum, held in March 2017.

Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 07:42
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 50%
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