The use of ecosystem services thinking and methods in differing cultural contexts

Special Issue on Ecosystem Services (part 4)
This report is part 4 in a special issue on the role of ecosystem services thinking and methods inmeasuring, better understanding and tracking progress towards the goals of Māori cultural well- being and survival. Part 2 in this special issue sought to define ecosystem services with respect to both western scientific and Māori community perceptions of reality. Part 3 explains how ecosystem services are measured and in particular, focuses attention on some of the key limitations of an ecosystem services valuation (ESV) method. In this report we look at the question of just how relevant ecosystem services thinking and methods are for adoption in differing cultural contexts. This report constitutes an introduction to this quite complex topic that ideally deserves elaboration that is beyond the scope of a single report. Our main aim in writing this report has been to scope out and draw attention to key ‘relevance’ and ‘adoption’ issues, especially those likely to be of particular concern to Māori communities.

To achieve these writing goals, we present two key themes and a synthesis that explore challenges linked with ‘adopting’ ecosystem services ‘relevant’ thinking and methods in differing cultural contexts by: (i) seeking to define what we refer to as the basic adoption problem (theme 1), (ii) illustrating the basic adoption problem in the public presentation3 of ecosystem services thinking (theme 2) and (iii) identifying key adoption options and their relationship to differing developmental contexts (a final synthesis of ideas presented in this report).

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Reference and download link

Cole, A. O. me ōna tūpuna and Cole, E. E. (2018) Special issue on ecosystem services thinking and methods (part 4/6) – The use of ecosystem services thinking and methods in differing cultural contexts. Kōrero Māori report 8, (pp. 30). Tauranga, New Zealand: iPansophy Limited Digital Publishing. [Download]

 

 

 

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