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Ecosystem Services and Human Well-Being: A Participatory Study in a Mountain Community in Portugal

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dc.contributor.author Pereira, Elvira en_US
dc.contributor.author Queiroz, Cibele en_US
dc.contributor.author Pereira, Henrique en_US
dc.contributor.author Vicente, Luis en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:58:41Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:58:41Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-05-08 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-05-08 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3225
dc.description.abstract "Ecosystem services are essential for human well-being, but the links between ecosystem services and human well-being are complex, diverse, context-dependent, and complicated by the need to consider different spatial and temporal scales to assess them properly. We present the results of a study in the rural community of Sistelo in northern Portugal that formed part of the Portugal Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. The main purpose of our study was to assess the linkages between human well-being and ecosystem services at the local level, as perceived by the community. We used a range of tools that included participatory rural appraisal and rapid rural appraisal as well as other field methods such as direct observation, familiarization and participation in activities, semistructured interviews, trend lines, wellbeing ranking, and other ranking and scoring exercises. Sistelo has a unique landscape of agricultural terraces that are now being abandoned because of the depopulation of the region, a common trend in mountainous rural areas of Europe. From the community perspective, some components of well-being such as material well-being have been improving, whereas some ecosystem services, e.g., food production, have been declining. Although a few of the local criteria for well-being are closely related to local ecosystem services, most of them are not. People recognize many of the services provided by ecosystems, in particular, provisioning, cultural, and regulating services, although they feel that provisioning services are the most important for well-being. It is apparent that, for the Sistelo community, there is an increasing disconnect between local well-being and at least some local ecosystem services. This disconnect is associated with greater freedom of choice at the local level, which gives the local inhabitants the power to find substitutes for ecosystem services. The consequences of land abandonment for human well-being and ecosystem services at different temporal and spatial scales are discussed." en_US
dc.subject ecosystems en_US
dc.subject human ecology en_US
dc.subject participatory management en_US
dc.subject rapid rural appraisal en_US
dc.subject biodiversity en_US
dc.subject rural development en_US
dc.title Ecosystem Services and Human Well-Being: A Participatory Study in a Mountain Community in Portugal en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region Europe en_US
dc.coverage.country Portugal en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 10 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth December en_US

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