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The Effects of Aquaculture and Marine Conservation on Cultural Ecosystem Services: An Integrated Hedonic – Eudaemonic Approach

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JournalEcological Economics
DateAccepted/In press - 9 Jun 2020
DateE-pub ahead of print - 24 Jun 2020
DatePublished (current) - Oct 2020
Volume176
Number of pages14
Early online date24/06/20
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

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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Funding Information:
Dr. Jasper Kenter was supported in this work by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Marine Ecosystem Services Research Programme under grant reference NE/L003058/1. Dr. Tim O'Higgins advised and assisted in the GIS analysis and use of the digital elevation model for Argyll and Bute.

Funding Information:
Dr. Jasper Kenter was supported in this work by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Marine Ecosystem Services Research Programme under grant reference NE/L003058/1 . Dr. Tim O'Higgins advised and assisted in the GIS analysis and use of the digital elevation model for Argyll and Bute.

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    Research areas

  • Aquaculture, Cultural ecosystem services, Eudaemonic well-being, Hedonic pricing, Integrated valuation, Marine ecosystem services, Relational values

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