Measuring what matters in the Great Barrier Reef

Marshall, Nadine, Barnes, Michele L., Birtles, Alastair, Brown, Katrina, Cinner, Joshua, Curnock, Matthew, Eakin, Hallie, Goldberg, Jeremy, Gooch, Margaret, Kittinger, Jack, Marshall, Paul, Manuel-Navarrete, David, Pelling, Mark, Pert, Petina L., Smit, Barry, and Tobin, Renae (2018) Measuring what matters in the Great Barrier Reef. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 16 (5). pp. 271-277.

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The natural environment plays an integral role in the culture of all people. Although the cultural services provided by ecosystems are often acknowledged, these abstract qualities are difficult to capture and are rarely incorporated into environmental strategic planning. We propose an approach for decision makers to weigh different cultural values across a range of stakeholder groups. We assessed the importance of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) to the lifestyle, sense of place, pride, identity, and well-being of 8300 people across multiple cultural groups, as well as each of these groups’ belief in the aesthetic, scientific, and biodiversity-based value of the GBR. The surveyed population included indigenous and non-indigenous local residents, Australians (non-local), international and domestic tourists, tourism operators, and commercial fishers. We discuss how some groups grant similar levels of importance to some values and how other groups differ in their attachment to certain values. All of the groups possessed the selected cultural values to some extent, suggest- ing that these values matter, and could be leveraged to secure the future of iconic ecosystems such as the GBR.

Item ID: 54553
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1540-9309
Funders: CSIRO, Australian Government National Environment Research Program
Projects and Grants: CSIRO Julius Career Award
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2018 01:49
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440699 Human geography not elsewhere classified @ 25%
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470209 Environment and culture @ 25%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950304 Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage @ 30%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960599 Ecosystem Assessment and Management not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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