Evaluating outcomes of conservation with multidimensional indicators of well-being

Mbaru, Emmanuel K., Hicks, Christina C., Gurney, Georgina G., and Cinner, Joshua E. (2021) Evaluating outcomes of conservation with multidimensional indicators of well-being. Conservation Biology, 35 (5). pp. 1417-1425.

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Abstract

Many conservation interventions are hypothesized to be beneficial for both the environment and people's well-being, but this has rarely been tested rigorously. We examined the effects of adoption or nonadoption of a conservation intervention on 3 dimensions of people's well-being (material, relational, and subjective) over time. We focused on a fisheries bycatch management initiative intended to reduce environmental externalities associated with resource extraction. We collected panel data from fishers (n = 250) in villages with (adopters and nonadopters) and without (control) the conservation intervention 3 times over 2 years. We found no evidence that adoption reduced any of the 3 dimensions of well-being in the local populations affected by the intervention. There were modest improvements in material (t = –1.58) and subjective livelihood well-being (p = 0.04) for adopters relative to nonadopters over time. The variations in well-being experiences (in terms of magnitude of change) among adopters, nonadopters, and controls across the different domains over time affirmed the dynamic and social nature of well-being.

Item ID: 70104
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1523-1739
Keywords: bienestar humano, bienestar humano, dimensiones sociales, dimensiones sociales, evaluación de impacto, evaluación de impacto, fisheries, human dimensions, human well-being, impact evaluation, pesquerías, pesquerías, redes sociales, redes sociales, social network
Copyright Information: © 2021 Society for Conservation Biology.
Funders: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2022 03:13
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441001 Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment @ 30%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410406 Natural resource management @ 30%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440405 Poverty, inclusivity and wellbeing @ 40%
SEO Codes: 19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1902 Environmental policy, legislation and standards > 190209 Sustainability indicators @ 40%
19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1902 Environmental policy, legislation and standards > 190205 Environmental protection frameworks (incl. economic incentives) @ 60%
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