Ecosystems and indigenous well-being: an integrated framework

Sangha, Kamaljit K. and Le Brocque, Andrew and Costanza, Robert and Cadet-James, Yvonne (2015) Ecosystems and indigenous well-being: an integrated framework. Global Ecology and Conservation, 4. pp. 197-206.

Abstract

In Australia, role of natural resources in Indigenous well-being is completely ignored to date which further leads to inappropriate and ineffective well-being policies. This research addresses the need to develop an appropriate indigenous well-being approach that incorporates indigenous values in relation to natural systems. It focuses on Indigenous people in Australia and examines the available well-being frameworks from global as well as from local (i.e. Australian and Indigenous), perspectives. It applies a holistic approach to assess the role of natural systems in indigenous well-being demonstrating how people’s social,
economic and cultural worlds, and how people’s capabilities relate to their natural systems. It integrates various social, economic and ecological values through the application of Capability Approach and the Millennium Assessment Approach. The study proposes an integrated framework that focuses on people’s belongingness to nature i.e. people’s values and capabilities that link to well-being. It emphasises the importance of each connection
that people may have with their country in terms of people’s capabilities. The proposed framework can contribute to improved and better-informed policies on indigenous wellbeing as well as on the use, value and management of natural systems.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2016 06:06
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 04:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: ecosystem services; well-being; indigenous; millennium assessment; socio-economic-ecological framework; ecosystems
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960609 Sustainability Indicators
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960599 Ecosystem Assessment and Management not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.gecco.2015.06.008
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27527

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