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Kelly Biedenweg, Oregon State UniversityFollow

Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Human Wellbeing Related to the Salish Sea

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The consequences of environmental change span the realm of human experience, making it difficult for natural resource managers to identify and evaluate common impacts and priority benefits to humans. Simple frameworks that generalize the best metrics of human wellbeing related to the natural environment have rarely been empirically tested for their representativeness across diverse social-ecological systems. This study tested the hypothesis that metrics of human wellbeing related to environmental change are context specific by identifying priority human wellbeing indicators in distinct social-ecological systems. Working in three regions, the research team interviewed 61 experts and held 8 stakeholder workshops to identify and prioritize locally-relevant indicators. Results from the three regions were compared to understand the degree of geographic and demographic variability in indicator priorities, providing an initial test to the hypothesis. We found broadly similar domains and attributes of human wellbeing across the different social-ecological systems, yet measurable indicators were specific to the social-ecological contexts. Despite this, the congruence of overarching domains suggests that a simple high-level framework of human wellbeing can guide a holistic assessment of the human impacts of global environmental change across diverse social-ecological systems.

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The consequences of environmental change span the realm of human experience, making it difficult for natural resource managers to identify and evaluate common impacts and priority benefits to humans. Simple frameworks that generalize the best metrics of human wellbeing related to the natural environment have rarely been empirically tested for their representativeness across diverse social-ecological systems. This study tested the hypothesis that metrics of human wellbeing related to environmental change are context specific by identifying priority human wellbeing indicators in distinct social-ecological systems. Working in three regions, the research team interviewed 61 experts and held 8 stakeholder workshops to identify and prioritize locally-relevant indicators. Results from the three regions were compared to understand the degree of geographic and demographic variability in indicator priorities, providing an initial test to the hypothesis. We found broadly similar domains and attributes of human wellbeing across the different social-ecological systems, yet measurable indicators were specific to the social-ecological contexts. Despite this, the congruence of overarching domains suggests that a simple high-level framework of human wellbeing can guide a holistic assessment of the human impacts of global environmental change across diverse social-ecological systems.