Comparing Ecosystem Service preferences between urban and rural dwellers

Lapointe, Marie, Cumming, Graeme S., and Gurney, Georgina G. (2019) Comparing Ecosystem Service preferences between urban and rural dwellers. BioScience, 69 (2). pp. 108-116.

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Urbanization can profoundly alter socioecological relationships, but its influence on how people perceive and value ecosystem services (ES) is poorly understood. We reviewed an emerging literature in which sociocultural valuation of ES is compared among urban and rural dwellers. This research suggests that, although regulating and cultural ES were highly valued by both rural and urban dwellers, urban dwellers tended to value provisioning ES less than rural dwellers did. Differences in ES valuation could result from different experiences, uses, and needs for ES of urban and rural dwellers. We also identified two key gaps in the literature that relate to understanding how diverse ES contribute differently to the well-being of rural and urban populations (and the relevance of these differences for environmental education and policy) and the changing roles of ES in developing countries and vulnerable ecosystems, such as small islands, that face pressing environmental, social, and economic challenges.

Item ID: 59928
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1525-3244
Keywords: sociocultural valuation, perceptions, urbanization, socioecological system
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Funders: James S. McDonnell Foundation, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2019 00:15
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441002 Environmental sociology @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440704 Environment policy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 100%
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