Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > Evaluating indicators of human well-being for e...

Links

Text available via DOI:

View graph of relations

Evaluating indicators of human well-being for ecosystem-based management

Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineJournal articlepeer-review

Published

Standard

Evaluating indicators of human well-being for ecosystem-based management. / Breslow, Sara J.; Hicks, Christina; Allen, Margaret .

In: Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, Vol. 3, No. 12, 18.12.2017, p. 1-18.

Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineJournal articlepeer-review

Harvard

Breslow, SJ, Hicks, C & Allen, M 2017, 'Evaluating indicators of human well-being for ecosystem-based management', Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, vol. 3, no. 12, pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/20964129.2017.1411767

APA

Breslow, S. J., Hicks, C., & Allen, M. (2017). Evaluating indicators of human well-being for ecosystem-based management. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, 3(12), 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/20964129.2017.1411767

Vancouver

Breslow SJ, Hicks C, Allen M. Evaluating indicators of human well-being for ecosystem-based management. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability. 2017 Dec 18;3(12):1-18. doi: 10.1080/20964129.2017.1411767

Author

Breslow, Sara J. ; Hicks, Christina ; Allen, Margaret . / Evaluating indicators of human well-being for ecosystem-based management. In: Ecosystem Health and Sustainability. 2017 ; Vol. 3, No. 12. pp. 1-18.

Bibtex

@article{a83076521bdb4399894cf55e1e4ebc63,
title = "Evaluating indicators of human well-being for ecosystem-based management",
abstract = "Introduction: Interrelated social and ecological challenges demand an understanding of how environmental change and management decisions affect human well-being. This paper outlines a framework for measuring human well-being for ecosystem-based management (EBM). We present a prototype that can be adapted and developed for various scales and contexts. Scientists and managers use indicators to assess status and trends in integrated ecosystem assessments (IEAs). To improve the social science rigor and success of EBM, we developed a systematic and transparent approach for evaluating indicators of human well-being for an IEA.Methods: Our process is based on a comprehensive conceptualization of human well-being, a scalable analysis of management priorities, and a set of indicator screening criteria tailored to the needs of EBM. We tested our approach by evaluating more than 2000 existing social indicators related to ocean and coastal management of the US West Coast. We focused on two foundational attributes of human well-being: resource access and self-determination.Outcomes and Discussion: Our results suggest that existing indicators and data are limited in their ability to reflect linkages between environmental change and human well-being, and extremely limited in their ability to assess social equity and justice. We reveal a critical need for new social indicators tailored to answer environmental questions and new data that are disaggregated by social variables to measure equity. In both, we stress the importance of collaborating with the people whose well-being is to be assessed.Conclusion: Our framework is designed to encourage governments and communities to carefully assess the complex tradeoffs inherent in environmental decision-making.",
keywords = "Human well-being, indicators, ecosystem-based management, integrated ecosystem assessment, resource access, self-determination",
author = "Breslow, {Sara J.} and Christina Hicks and Margaret Allen",
year = "2017",
month = dec,
day = "18",
doi = "10.1080/20964129.2017.1411767",
language = "English",
volume = "3",
pages = "1--18",
journal = "Ecosystem Health and Sustainability",
issn = "2332-8878",
publisher = "Taylor and Francis Ltd.",
number = "12",

}

RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - Evaluating indicators of human well-being for ecosystem-based management

AU - Breslow, Sara J.

AU - Hicks, Christina

AU - Allen, Margaret

PY - 2017/12/18

Y1 - 2017/12/18

N2 - Introduction: Interrelated social and ecological challenges demand an understanding of how environmental change and management decisions affect human well-being. This paper outlines a framework for measuring human well-being for ecosystem-based management (EBM). We present a prototype that can be adapted and developed for various scales and contexts. Scientists and managers use indicators to assess status and trends in integrated ecosystem assessments (IEAs). To improve the social science rigor and success of EBM, we developed a systematic and transparent approach for evaluating indicators of human well-being for an IEA.Methods: Our process is based on a comprehensive conceptualization of human well-being, a scalable analysis of management priorities, and a set of indicator screening criteria tailored to the needs of EBM. We tested our approach by evaluating more than 2000 existing social indicators related to ocean and coastal management of the US West Coast. We focused on two foundational attributes of human well-being: resource access and self-determination.Outcomes and Discussion: Our results suggest that existing indicators and data are limited in their ability to reflect linkages between environmental change and human well-being, and extremely limited in their ability to assess social equity and justice. We reveal a critical need for new social indicators tailored to answer environmental questions and new data that are disaggregated by social variables to measure equity. In both, we stress the importance of collaborating with the people whose well-being is to be assessed.Conclusion: Our framework is designed to encourage governments and communities to carefully assess the complex tradeoffs inherent in environmental decision-making.

AB - Introduction: Interrelated social and ecological challenges demand an understanding of how environmental change and management decisions affect human well-being. This paper outlines a framework for measuring human well-being for ecosystem-based management (EBM). We present a prototype that can be adapted and developed for various scales and contexts. Scientists and managers use indicators to assess status and trends in integrated ecosystem assessments (IEAs). To improve the social science rigor and success of EBM, we developed a systematic and transparent approach for evaluating indicators of human well-being for an IEA.Methods: Our process is based on a comprehensive conceptualization of human well-being, a scalable analysis of management priorities, and a set of indicator screening criteria tailored to the needs of EBM. We tested our approach by evaluating more than 2000 existing social indicators related to ocean and coastal management of the US West Coast. We focused on two foundational attributes of human well-being: resource access and self-determination.Outcomes and Discussion: Our results suggest that existing indicators and data are limited in their ability to reflect linkages between environmental change and human well-being, and extremely limited in their ability to assess social equity and justice. We reveal a critical need for new social indicators tailored to answer environmental questions and new data that are disaggregated by social variables to measure equity. In both, we stress the importance of collaborating with the people whose well-being is to be assessed.Conclusion: Our framework is designed to encourage governments and communities to carefully assess the complex tradeoffs inherent in environmental decision-making.

KW - Human well-being

KW - indicators

KW - ecosystem-based management

KW - integrated ecosystem assessment

KW - resource access

KW - self-determination

U2 - 10.1080/20964129.2017.1411767

DO - 10.1080/20964129.2017.1411767

M3 - Journal article

VL - 3

SP - 1

EP - 18

JO - Ecosystem Health and Sustainability

JF - Ecosystem Health and Sustainability

SN - 2332-8878

IS - 12

ER -