An ecosystem services framework to evaluate indigenous and local peoplesâ€™ connections with nature
Kamaljit K. Sangha,
Juma J. Kegamba,
Tui Warmenhoven and
Ecosystem Services, 2018, vol. 31, issue PA, 111-125
Indigenous and local peoplesâ€™ connections with nature are not only limited to the benefits or services people derive from ecosystems, as considered by international frameworks, but also entail peoplesâ€™ capabilities (knowledges and skills) that enable people to derive those benefits. Applying Senâ€™s (1993) Capability Approach, this paper proposes an ecosystem services framework that underscores peoplesâ€™ capabilities along with well-being benefits, to inform policy decision-making about the value of natural resources towards Indigenous and local peoplesâ€™ well-being. We offer an economic perspective of considering Indigenous and local estates as a source of opportunities, and construct an integrated framework based on six case studies across the globe. We argue that supporting Indigenous and local peoples to utilize and build capabilities to manage natural systems will deliver manifold benefits to them as well as to the wider public. Moreover, learning Indigenous and local ethics to care for nature will help many of us to better manage and value our fast depleting natural resources.
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