Ecosystem service assessments and the tools for designing policy, integrate an understanding of the human motivations behind the benefits different people gain from nature, accounting for the complex synergies and trade-offs that emerge, and consequently better anticipate how people are likely to behave.
By engaging key scientists and practitioners in workshops and empirical research, this project will develop an understanding of why and how people choose to benefit from ecosystem services. These findings will be fed directly to policy, management and development agencies to create a shift in how ecosystem services are assessed and thought to benefit people. These changes will better account for the ways different people want to and need to benefit from ecosystem services, thus redistributing the costs and benefits in an equitable manner so that policy options have the greatest chance of success.
Recreation is one of the many services marine ecosystems provide humans. Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons