The role of socio-demographic characteristics in mediating relationships between people and nature

Zoeller, Kim C., Gurney, Georgina G., Marshall, Nadine, and Cumming, Graeme S. (2021) The role of socio-demographic characteristics in mediating relationships between people and nature. Ecology and Society, 26 (3). pp. 20-43.

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Abstract

Research on ecosystem services has focused on their availability or supply and often takes a socially-aggregated approach that assumes a single human community of identical beneficiaries. However, people's ability to derive benefits from ecosystem services can differ strongly across societal groups. Access to ecosystem services can be related to socio-demographic characteristics such as material wealth, gender, education and age. Developing environmental management that does not have unequal impacts on different groups thus depends on taking a socially-disaggregated approach to assessing perceptions of ecosystem services. We explored how socio-demographic characteristics relate to cultural functional groups based on perceived bird traits. Using perception data on 491 bird species from 401 respondents along urban-rural gradients in South Africa, we found that socio-demographic characteristics are strongly associated with cultural functional groups based on perceived bird traits. Our results provide a starting point for understanding heterogeneity in the benefits from avian ecosystem services and how perceptions of cultural functional groups vary across societal groups.

Item ID: 72555
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1708-3087
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Copyright Information: Ecology and Society is now licensing all its articles under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2022 01:05
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440405 Poverty, inclusivity and wellbeing @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441002 Environmental sociology @ 30%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 30%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1304 Heritage > 130404 Conserving natural heritage @ 50%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180601 Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems @ 50%
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