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Application of capability approach to assess the role of ecosystem services in the well-being of Indigenous Australians

Sangha, Kamaljit K., Le Brocque, Andrew, Costanza, Robert and Cadet-James, Yvonne L. (2015). Application of capability approach to assess the role of ecosystem services in the well-being of Indigenous Australians<br />. Global Ecology and Conservation,4:445-458.

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Title Application of capability approach to assess the role of ecosystem services in the well-being of Indigenous Australians
Author Sangha, Kamaljit K.
Le Brocque, Andrew
Costanza, Robert
Cadet-James, Yvonne L.
Journal Name Global Ecology and Conservation
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 4
ISSN 2351-9894   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 445
End Page 458
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Field of Research 300000 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract The well-being of Indigenous people in Australia and throughout the world is linked to the use and value of natural resources. This research analyses the current well-being approach applied to measure well-being of Indigenous Australians. It reports findings from three case studies in Queensland on Indigenous people’s values and concerns and their capabilities in relation to natural systems. It applies a holistic approach based upon the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and Sen’s capability approaches and proposes an integrated well-being model by incorporating intangible values such as cultural and identity values, that are linked to people’s capabilities involving natural systems. It provides a novel way of understanding the role of natural resources in Indigenous well-being by associating natural resources with people’s capabilities. The study suggests transforming the present concept of well-being and its measures for incorporating people’s capabilities that can effectively inform future policy decision making.
Keywords Indigenous well-being
Natural resources
Ecosystem services
Capability approach
Well-being policies
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2015.09.001   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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