Contributions of cultural services to the ecosystem services agenda

Daniel, T. C. and Muhar, A. and Arnberger, A. and et al, . (2012) Contributions of cultural services to the ecosystem services agenda. PNAS, 109 (23). pp. 8812-8819.

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Cultural ecosystem services (ES) are consistently recognized but not yet adequately defined or integrated within the ES framework. A substantial body of models, methods, and data relevant to cultural services has been developed within the social and behavioral sciences before and outside of the ES approach. A selective review of work in landscape aesthetics, cultural heritage, outdoor recreation, and spiritual significance demonstrates opportunities for operationally defining cultural services in terms of socioecological models, consistent with the larger set of ES. Such models explicitly link ecological structures and functions with cultural values and benefits, facilitating communication between scientists and stakeholders and enabling economic, multicriterion, deliberative evaluation and other methods that can clarify tradeoffs and synergies involving cultural ES. Based on this approach, a common representation is offered that frames cultural services, along with all ES, by the relative contribution of relevant ecological structures and functions and by applicable social evaluation approaches. This perspective provides a foundation for merging ecological and social science epistemologies to define and integrate cultural services better within the broader ES framework.

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Additional Information: The international collaboration that produced this paper was initiated by the Kerner-von-Marilaun Workshop (November 2–6, 2009) in Lunz am See, Austria, sponsored by the US National Science Foundation, the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research, and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. We also acknowledge the support of the workshop by the International Council of Science (ICSU) and the Research Platform Eisenwurzen within the International Long-Term Ecological Research Network.
Author Affiliation: aSchool of Natural Resource and Environment, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Subjects: Social Sciences > Agricultural Economics
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2012 05:43
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2012 05:44
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