Mapping cultural ecosystem services in Mecklenburg County NC

Authors: Abel Ayon*, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
Topics: Environmental Perception, Cultural Geography, Geography and Urban Health
Keywords: Ecosystem services, Urban parks, Socio-ecological systems, wellbeing
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Taylor, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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The goal of this research study is to identify and map the cultural ecosystem services of parks and nature reserves in Mecklenburg County, NC. Cultural ecosystem services (CES) is a category of ecosystem services characterized by providing human wellbeing (Costanza, 1998; MA, 2005) as well as a better description of individuals subjective preference and values for nature (Chan, 2012; & Plieninger et al, 2013 & Dluzewska, 2016). Additionally, the characteristics of CES can contribute to connecting several aspects of human needs and environmental interactions, since all of the major categories of CES are motivated to conserve ecosystems and enrich qualitative aspects of human life such as non-use values, ethical, and cultural preferences (Chan et al., 2012; & Plieninger et al; 2013). Mapping ecosystem services is a new instrument that allows a better understanding of the dynamism in socio-ecological systems. In order to reach the main goals of this study demographic variables have been included and 14 indicators of CES to make the maps. The studies of CES spite of the benefits and bring opportunities through the inclusion of intangible elements for human wellbeing and ecosystem conservation they have received very weak attention (Chan et al, 2012; & Milcu et al., 2013). CES provides opportunities to understand the trade-offs and interactions of both elements in socio-ecological systems. Parks and nature reserves are sites provide benefits and are considered as socio-ecological systems since they are influenced by practices, values, and management by people (Cumming and Allen, 2017)

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