Application of capability approach to assess the role of ecosystem services in the well-being of indigenous Australians

Sangha, Kamaljit K. and Le Brocque, Andrew and Costanza, Robert and Cadet-James, Yvonne (2015) Application of capability approach to assess the role of ecosystem services in the well-being of indigenous Australians. Global Ecology and Conservation, 4. pp. 445-458.

Abstract

The well-being of Indigenous people in Australia and throughout the world is linked to the use and value of natural resources. This research analyses the current well-being approach applied to measure well-being of Indigenous Australians. It reports findings from three case studies in Queensland on Indigenous people’s values and concerns and their capabilities in relation to natural systems. It applies a holistic approach based upon the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and Sen’s capability approaches and proposes an integrated well-being model by incorporating intangible values such as cultural and identity values, that are linked to people’s capabilities involving natural systems. It provides a novel way of understanding the role of natural resources in Indigenous well-being by associating natural resources with people’s capabilities. The study suggests transforming the present concept of well-being and its measures for incorporating people’s capabilities that can effectively inform future policy decision making.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2016 23:49
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2017 06:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indigenous well-being; natural resources; ecosystem services; capability approach; well-being policies
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
C Society > 92 Health > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.gecco.2015.09.001
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27789

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