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Social values and growth and their implications for ecosystem services in the long-run


Esparon, M and Farr, M and Larson, S and Stoeckl, N, Social values and growth and their implications for ecosystem services in the long-run, Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 24, (3) pp. 327-346. ISSN 1324-0935 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Social values are dynamic and may change with development, potentially having severe consequences on a region's ecosystem services. These values are often inadequately captured. We consider a region rich in natural capital - the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Australia - and examine how important a range of different factors which include, but are not limited to, ecosystem services (ES) are to people's overall quality of life. We acknowledge that people's perception of the importance of different factors vary systematically between those who are dependent upon different industries for their household income. Community values are thus shown to depend upon industry composition and demographic composition. We conclude that in small communities, rapid growth in particular sectors may start an endogenous cycle of changing values which define future economic trajectories. This will affect ecological trajectories.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ecosystem services, social values, quality of life, Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, endogenous growth
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Cultural studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
UTAS Author:Stoeckl, N (Professor Natalie Stoeckl)
ID Code:136214
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:College Office - CoBE
Deposited On:2019-12-06
Last Modified:2020-05-05

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