Urbanization affects how people perceive and benefit from ecosystem service bundles in coastal communities of the Global South

Lapointe, Marie, Gurney, Georgina S., and Cumming, Graeme S. (2021) Urbanization affects how people perceive and benefit from ecosystem service bundles in coastal communities of the Global South. Ecosystems and People, 17 (1). pp. 57-68.

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Urbanization profoundly transforms ecosystems and the bundles of services they provide to people. The relationship between urbanization and how ecosystem services are produced together to form bundles has received increased research interest. However, there is limited understanding of how people’s perceptions of the benefits they receive from ecosystem service bundles change with urbanization, particularly in the Global South. Addressing this research gap is critical given perceptions influence how people relate to, use and manage their environment. We used a paired sampling design to contrast urban and rural dwellers’ perceptions of ecosystem service bundles associated with local ecosystems in the Solomon Islands, a rapidly urbanizing Small Island Developing State. Interviews from 200 households revealed that urbanization simplified the composition of perceived ecosystem service bundles. Contributions of provisioning and some cultural ecosystem services were reduced in bundles in urban areas, indicating a decrease in the diversity of experiences of nature and ecosystems providing those experiences. Examining changes in perceived ecosystem service bundles offers a valuable perspective on the implications of social-ecological change for ecosystem service demand and human wellbeing. Our approach presents a novel and simple way to identify and analyse bundles, providing insights into how and where people benefit from nature.

Item ID: 70742
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2639-5916
Keywords: Bas Amelung, Ecosystem services, Melanesia, Small Island Developing States, social-ecological system, socio-cultural perceptions, Solomon Islands, urbanization
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Copyright Information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2022 00:50
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441002 Environmental sociology @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441004 Social change @ 30%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 30%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1304 Heritage > 130404 Conserving natural heritage @ 50%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1304 Heritage > 130403 Conserving intangible cultural heritage @ 50%
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