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Conceptualizing and operationalizing human wellbeing for ecosystem assessment and management. / Breslow, Sara J.; Sojka, Brit; Barnea, Raz et al.

In: Environmental Science and Policy, Vol. 66, 12.2016, p. 250-259.

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Breslow, SJ, Sojka, B, Barnea, R, Basurto, X, Carothers, C, Charnley, S, Coulthard, S, Dolsak, N, Donatuto, J, Garcia-Quijano, C, Hicks, C, Levine, A, Mascia, MB, Norman, K, Poe, M, Satterfield, T, St. Martin, K & Levin, PS 2016, 'Conceptualizing and operationalizing human wellbeing for ecosystem assessment and management', Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 66, pp. 250-259. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.06.023

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Breslow, S. J., Sojka, B., Barnea, R., Basurto, X., Carothers, C., Charnley, S., Coulthard, S., Dolsak, N., Donatuto, J., Garcia-Quijano, C., Hicks, C., Levine, A., Mascia, M. B., Norman, K., Poe, M., Satterfield, T., St. Martin, K., & Levin, P. S. (2016). Conceptualizing and operationalizing human wellbeing for ecosystem assessment and management. Environmental Science and Policy, 66, 250-259. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.06.023

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Breslow SJ, Sojka B, Barnea R, Basurto X, Carothers C, Charnley S et al. Conceptualizing and operationalizing human wellbeing for ecosystem assessment and management. Environmental Science and Policy. 2016 Dec;66:250-259. Epub 2016 Aug 12. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2016.06.023

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Breslow, Sara J. ; Sojka, Brit ; Barnea, Raz et al. / Conceptualizing and operationalizing human wellbeing for ecosystem assessment and management. In: Environmental Science and Policy. 2016 ; Vol. 66. pp. 250-259.

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abstract = "There is growing interest in assessing the effects of changing environmental conditions and management actions on human wellbeing. A challenge is to translate social science expertise regarding these relationships into terms usable by environmental scientists, policymakers, and managers. Here, we present a comprehensive, structured, and transparent conceptual framework of human wellbeing designed to guide the development of indicators and a complementary social science research agenda for ecosystem-based management. Our framework grew out of an effort to develop social indicators for an integrated ecosystem assessment (IEA) of the California Current large marine ecosystem. Drawing from scholarship in international development, anthropology, geography, and political science, we define human wellbeing as a state of being with others and the environment, which arises when human needs are met, when individuals and communities can act meaningfully to pursue their goals, and when individuals and communities enjoy a satisfactory quality of life. We propose four major social science-based constituents of wellbeing: connections, capabilities, conditions, and cross-cutting domains. The latter includes the domains of equity and justice, security, resilience, and sustainability, which may be assessed through cross-cutting analyses of other constituents. We outline a process for identifying policy-relevant attributes of wellbeing that can guide ecosystem assessments. To operationalize the framework, we provide a detailed table of attributes and a large database of available indicators, which may be used to develop measures suited to a variety of management needs and social goals. Finally, we discuss four guidelines for operationalizing human wellbeing measures in ecosystem assessments, including considerations for context, feasibility, indicators and research, and social difference. Developed for the U.S. west coast, the framework may be adapted for other regions, management needs, and scales with appropriate modifications.",
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AU - Breslow, Sara J.

AU - Sojka, Brit

AU - Barnea, Raz

AU - Basurto, Xavier

AU - Carothers, Courtney

AU - Charnley, Susan

AU - Coulthard, Sarah

AU - Dolsak, Nives

AU - Donatuto, Jamie

AU - Garcia-Quijano, Carlos

AU - Hicks, Christina

AU - Levine, Arielle

AU - Mascia, Michael B.

AU - Norman, Karma

AU - Poe, Melissa

AU - Satterfield, Terre

AU - St. Martin, Kevin

AU - Levin, Phillip S.

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PY - 2016/12

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N2 - There is growing interest in assessing the effects of changing environmental conditions and management actions on human wellbeing. A challenge is to translate social science expertise regarding these relationships into terms usable by environmental scientists, policymakers, and managers. Here, we present a comprehensive, structured, and transparent conceptual framework of human wellbeing designed to guide the development of indicators and a complementary social science research agenda for ecosystem-based management. Our framework grew out of an effort to develop social indicators for an integrated ecosystem assessment (IEA) of the California Current large marine ecosystem. Drawing from scholarship in international development, anthropology, geography, and political science, we define human wellbeing as a state of being with others and the environment, which arises when human needs are met, when individuals and communities can act meaningfully to pursue their goals, and when individuals and communities enjoy a satisfactory quality of life. We propose four major social science-based constituents of wellbeing: connections, capabilities, conditions, and cross-cutting domains. The latter includes the domains of equity and justice, security, resilience, and sustainability, which may be assessed through cross-cutting analyses of other constituents. We outline a process for identifying policy-relevant attributes of wellbeing that can guide ecosystem assessments. To operationalize the framework, we provide a detailed table of attributes and a large database of available indicators, which may be used to develop measures suited to a variety of management needs and social goals. Finally, we discuss four guidelines for operationalizing human wellbeing measures in ecosystem assessments, including considerations for context, feasibility, indicators and research, and social difference. Developed for the U.S. west coast, the framework may be adapted for other regions, management needs, and scales with appropriate modifications.

AB - There is growing interest in assessing the effects of changing environmental conditions and management actions on human wellbeing. A challenge is to translate social science expertise regarding these relationships into terms usable by environmental scientists, policymakers, and managers. Here, we present a comprehensive, structured, and transparent conceptual framework of human wellbeing designed to guide the development of indicators and a complementary social science research agenda for ecosystem-based management. Our framework grew out of an effort to develop social indicators for an integrated ecosystem assessment (IEA) of the California Current large marine ecosystem. Drawing from scholarship in international development, anthropology, geography, and political science, we define human wellbeing as a state of being with others and the environment, which arises when human needs are met, when individuals and communities can act meaningfully to pursue their goals, and when individuals and communities enjoy a satisfactory quality of life. We propose four major social science-based constituents of wellbeing: connections, capabilities, conditions, and cross-cutting domains. The latter includes the domains of equity and justice, security, resilience, and sustainability, which may be assessed through cross-cutting analyses of other constituents. We outline a process for identifying policy-relevant attributes of wellbeing that can guide ecosystem assessments. To operationalize the framework, we provide a detailed table of attributes and a large database of available indicators, which may be used to develop measures suited to a variety of management needs and social goals. Finally, we discuss four guidelines for operationalizing human wellbeing measures in ecosystem assessments, including considerations for context, feasibility, indicators and research, and social difference. Developed for the U.S. west coast, the framework may be adapted for other regions, management needs, and scales with appropriate modifications.

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KW - Indicators

KW - Ecosystem-based management

KW - Integrated ecosystem assessment

KW - Social-ecological system

KW - Sustainability

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DO - 10.1016/j.envsci.2016.06.023

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JF - Environmental Science and Policy

SN - 1462-9011

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