Adapting Human Well-being Frameworks for Ecosystem Service Assessments across Diverse Landscapes

dc.contributor.authorVillamagna, Amy
dc.contributor.authorGiesecke, Craig
dc.coverage.countryUnited Statesen_US
dc.coverage.regionNorth Americaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-04-22T20:09:27Z
dc.date.available2014-04-22T20:09:27Z
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.description.abstract"There is broad support for the notion that ecosystem services influence human well-being (HWB), however, the means to measure such an effect are elusive. Measures of HWB are commonly used within the fields of psychology, economics, and international development, but thus far have not been integrated fully into ecosystem service assessments. We examine the multidimensional nature of HWB and discuss the need for a robust framework that captures its complex relationship with ecosystem services. We review several well-known HWB indices and describe the adaptation of two frameworks--the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Quality of Life Index and the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework--to evaluate county-level HWB within the Albemarle-Pamlico Basin (Virginia and North Carolina, USA) using a stakeholder-engaged approach. We present maps of HWB that illustrate the results of both frameworks, discuss the feedback from stakeholders that guided indicator and data selection, and examine the observed differences in HWB throughout the basin. We conclude with suggestions for enhancing the role of ecosystem services in HWB indices."en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournalEcology and Societyen_US
dc.identifier.citationmonthMarchen_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber1en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume19en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10535/9332
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.subjectquality of lifeen_US
dc.subjectecosystemsen_US
dc.subject.sectorGeneral & Multiple Resourcesen_US
dc.titleAdapting Human Well-being Frameworks for Ecosystem Service Assessments across Diverse Landscapesen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.type.methodologyTheoryen_US
dc.type.publishedpublisheden_US
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