Mauri Moana, Mauri Tangata, Mauri Ora - documenting social values
We are exploring ways to assess the non-monetary values of coastal and marine ecosystem services, to develop more comprehensive and culturally-appropriate ecosystem accounting and EBM efforts in Aotearoa.
Project leader: Shaun Awatere, Landcare Research
How do New Zealanders value marine ecosystems?
We are exploring ways to assess the non-monetary values of coastal and marine ecosystem services, and illuminating the diversity of values that New Zealanders hold for the marine environment.
This research is urgently needed to inform the development of marine EBM. It will also contribute to the development of more equitable ecosystem-based decision making around the world.
At present, when ecosystem services are included in environmental planning, policy, and decision-making only their economic benefits are considered. The validity of ecological and social perspectives and non-monetary values are neither acknowledged nor included. Although some non-monetary values like spirituality, metaphysics and morals do not fit naturally into an ecosystem services approach they should not be disregarded.
To develop an approach that accounts for these important but unacknowledged values, we have reviewed New Zealand-based and international work on nonmonetary valuation with relevance for ecosystem services, with a focus on Kaupapa Māori research (transformational research conducted by and for New Zealand’s indigenous people) and international work involving indigenous knowledge systems.
We are using the insights from this review to develop a platform that engages with indigenous and other social values. This will enable more comprehensive and culturally-appropriate ecosystem accounting and EBM efforts in Aotearoa.
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