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The effects of aquaculture and marine conservation on cultural ecosystem services: an integrated hedonic - eudaemonic approach


Spanou, E and Kenter, JO and Graziano, M, The effects of aquaculture and marine conservation on cultural ecosystem services: an integrated hedonic - eudaemonic approach, Ecological Economics, 176 Article 106757. ISSN 0921-8009 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106757


Understanding the cultural contributions of ecosystems is essential for recognising how environmental policy impacts on human well-being. We developed an integrated cultural ecosystem services (CES) valuation approach involving non-monetary valuation through a eudaemonic well-being questionnaire and monetary valuation through hedonic pricing. This approach was applied to assess CES values on the west coast of Scotland. The impact of scenic area and marine protected area (MPA) designations on CES values and potential trade-offs with aquaculture, an increasingly important provisioning ecosystem service in the region, were investigated. Results confirmed a eudaemonic well-being value structure of seven factors: engagement and interaction with nature, place identity, therapeutic value, spiritual value, social bonds, memory/transformative value, and challenge and skill. Visibility of, but not proximity to aquaculture negatively influenced housing prices. In contrast, proximity to MPAs and visibility of scenic areas increased property values. All eudaemonic well-being value factors were positively and significantly associated with scenic areas and a subset of these with MPAs. The integration of the two methods can provide decision-makers with a more comprehensive picture of CES values, their relation to conservation policies and interactions and trade-offs with other activities and services.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cultural ecosystem services, marine ecosystem services, aquaculture, hedonic pricing, integrated valuation, eudaemonic well-being, relational values
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Environmental sociology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Spanou, E (Dr Lizy Spanou)
ID Code:152581
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2022-08-22
Last Modified:2022-09-29
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