An expression of multiple values: The relationship between community, landscape and natural resource

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/620680
Title:
An expression of multiple values: The relationship between community, landscape and natural resource
Authors:
Smith, Darrell; Convery, Ian; Ramsey, Andrew ( 0000-0002-5550-9977 ) ; Kouloumpis, Viktor
Abstract:
To aid political and institutional decision making in the sustainable use of natural resources the value of ecological, socio-cultural and economic assets has increasingly been communicated in terms of monetary units. Despite reliance upon natural resources, the impact of human activities has now reached a stage where cumulative losses are forcing society to re-appraise the evaluation process and how to better incorporate these values in to the decision-making process. This paper examines the attributes of value held by natural resources within ecological, socio-cultural and economic value domains from the perspective of a rural UK community. Here we reflect upon the continued primacy of monetary valuation of natural resource using two approaches, a scaled preference-based value typology and a place-based map measure. We demonstrate that the societal relationships which inform the evaluation of natural resources are both multi-faceted and hierarchical. Moreover, whilst aware of the utilitarian character of society’s relationship with natural resource, the societal value-for-natural-resource relationship is primarily expressed using social-ecological qualities. These results add weight to the call for a new approach towards natural resource evaluation and how these values contribute to the sustainability agenda. New methods of evaluation must adopt multiple values that extend beyond a solely economic-based commodification concern to encompass the human relationship with the resource itself. Wherein, a multi-faceted approach to attributing value to natural resource, set within an experiential framework, can provide a focal point for discussion and the decision-making process.
Affiliation:
University of Derby
Citation:
Smith, D. et al., (2016). An Expression of Multiple Values: The Relationship Between Community, Landscape and Natural Resource. Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History. 3(1), p.6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16993/rl.31
Publisher:
Stockholm University Press
Journal:
Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History
Issue Date:
24-Oct-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/620680
DOI:
http://doi.org/10.16993/rl.31
Additional Links:
http://www.rurallandscapesjournal.com/articles/10.16993/rl.31/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2002-0104
Sponsors:
Funded by NERC through the UKERC
Appears in Collections:
Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Darrellen
dc.contributor.authorConvery, Ianen
dc.contributor.authorRamsey, Andrewen
dc.contributor.authorKouloumpis, Viktoren
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-31T11:47:39Z-
dc.date.available2016-10-31T11:47:39Z-
dc.date.issued2016-10-24-
dc.identifier.citationSmith, D. et al., (2016). An Expression of Multiple Values: The Relationship Between Community, Landscape and Natural Resource. Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History. 3(1), p.6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16993/rl.31en
dc.identifier.issn2002-0104-
dc.identifier.doihttp://doi.org/10.16993/rl.31-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/620680-
dc.description.abstractTo aid political and institutional decision making in the sustainable use of natural resources the value of ecological, socio-cultural and economic assets has increasingly been communicated in terms of monetary units. Despite reliance upon natural resources, the impact of human activities has now reached a stage where cumulative losses are forcing society to re-appraise the evaluation process and how to better incorporate these values in to the decision-making process. This paper examines the attributes of value held by natural resources within ecological, socio-cultural and economic value domains from the perspective of a rural UK community. Here we reflect upon the continued primacy of monetary valuation of natural resource using two approaches, a scaled preference-based value typology and a place-based map measure. We demonstrate that the societal relationships which inform the evaluation of natural resources are both multi-faceted and hierarchical. Moreover, whilst aware of the utilitarian character of society’s relationship with natural resource, the societal value-for-natural-resource relationship is primarily expressed using social-ecological qualities. These results add weight to the call for a new approach towards natural resource evaluation and how these values contribute to the sustainability agenda. New methods of evaluation must adopt multiple values that extend beyond a solely economic-based commodification concern to encompass the human relationship with the resource itself. Wherein, a multi-faceted approach to attributing value to natural resource, set within an experiential framework, can provide a focal point for discussion and the decision-making process.en
dc.description.sponsorshipFunded by NERC through the UKERCen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherStockholm University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.rurallandscapesjournal.com/articles/10.16993/rl.31/en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subjectNatural Resource Evaluationen
dc.subjectPreference Based Valueen
dc.subjectMap-based valueen
dc.subjectValue typologyen
dc.subjectSocial-economic systemsen
dc.subjectEconomic valueen
dc.titleAn expression of multiple values: The relationship between community, landscape and natural resourceen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalRural Landscapes: Society, Environment, Historyen
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