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Ecosystem services and beyond: using multiple metaphors to understand human-environment relationships


Raymond, CM and Singh, GG and Benessaiah, K and Bernhardt, JR and Levine, J and Nelson, H and Turner, NJ and Norton, B and Tam, J and Chan, KMA, Ecosystem services and beyond: using multiple metaphors to understand human-environment relationships, Bioscience, 63, (7) pp. 536-546. ISSN 0006-3568 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 by American Institute of Biological Sciences

DOI: doi:10.1525/bio.2013.63.7.7


Ecosystem services research has been focused on the ways that humans directly benefit from goods and services, and economic valuation techniques have been used to measure those benefits. We argue that, although it is appropriate in some cases, this focus on direct use and economic quantification is often limiting and can detract from environmental research and effective management, in part by crowding out other understandings of human容nvironment relationships. Instead, we make the case that the systematic consideration of multiple metaphors of such relationships in assessing social容cological systems will foster better understanding of the many ways in which humans relate to, care for, and value ecosystems. Where it is possible, we encourage a deliberative approach to ecosystem management whereby ecosystem researchers actively engage conservationists and local resource users to make explicit, through open deliberation, the types of metaphors salient to their conservation problem.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:conservation, stewardship, deliberative approach, environmental management, ecosystem research
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
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:Raymond, CM (Dr Chris Raymond)
ID Code:95799
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:193
Deposited By:Centre for Environment
Deposited On:2014-10-08
Last Modified:2015-03-18

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