Cultural dimensions and guiding principles of coastal ecosystem-based management
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- Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology
There is a growing call for tools to assess cultural values and services provided by ecosystems. In this brief presentation, we describe a model for evaluating cultural dimensions of coastal ecosystems. We focus on five fundamental cultural aspects: meanings, values and identity; local ecological knowledge; livelihood practices; governance and access; and bio-cultural interactions. Finally, we outline a set of principles to guide the inclusion of cultural consideration in integrated ecosystem assessments for management and restoration. Understanding the processes, practices, and contexts underlying the interactions between coastal resources and diverse social groups improves socio-ecological analyses and management.