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

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Smith, Darrell, Convery, Ian, Ramsey, Andrew and Kouloumpis, Viktor 2016. An expression of multiple values: The relationship between community, landscape and natural resource. Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History. https://doi.org/10.16993/rl.31
AuthorsSmith, Darrell, Convery, Ian, Ramsey, Andrew and 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.

KeywordsNatural Resource Evaluation; Preference Based Value; Map-based value; Value typology; Social-economic systems; Economic value
Year2016
JournalRural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History
PublisherStockholm University Press
ISSN2002-0104
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.16993/rl.31
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/620680
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Publication dates24 Oct 2016
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