Integrating socio-cultural perspectives into ecosystem service valuation: A review of concepts and methods

Integrating socio-cultural perspectives into ecosystem service valuation: A review of concepts and methods

Primary Country: multiple
Ecosystem: multiple
Sample Value Estimates:
Across 91 studies, the type of methods by which socio-cultural values were collected fell under: (a) observation approaches (b) document research (c) expert based approaches (d) questionnaires (e) in-depth interviews (f) focus groups. Questionnaires were the most frequently adopted method for assessing socio-cultural values of ESs. Some assessments combined different methods for which categories were not mutually exclusive.
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Publication information

Scholte, S.S.K. A.J.A. van TeefelenP.H. Verburg “Integrating socio-cultural perspectives into ecosystem service valuation: A review of concepts and methods” Ecological Economics 114: 67-78, 2015

Addtional Notes

 

 

"Information about the relationship between socio-cultural values and landscape and ecosystem characteristics can help to better inform spatial planning and environmental policy."

 

"The further development of socio-cultural valuation methods and their integration into a decision-making context, together with knowledge on ecological function and monetary aspects, can help to better design instruments and policies to safeguard ecosystems and their services."

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