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An exploration of human well-being bundles as identifiers of ecosystem service use patterns

Author(s): Hamann MH, R Biggs, B Reyers
Link to CST author(s): Prof Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs
Publication: PLoS ONE
Year: 2016
Full reference: Hamann MH, R Biggs, B Reyers. 2016. An exploration of human well-being bundles as identifiers of ecosystem service use patterns. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0163476.
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Summary

We take a social-ecological systems perspective to investigate the linkages between ecosystem services and human well-being in South Africa. A recent paper identified different types of social-ecological systems in the country, based on distinct bundles of ecosystem service use. These system types were found to represent increasingly weak direct feedbacks between nature and people, from rural green-loop communities to urban red-loop societies. Here we construct human well-being bundles and explore whether the well-being bundles can be used to identify the same social-ecological system types that were identified using bundles of ecosystem service use.