Nature as Culture: Conceptualizing What It Implies and Potential Ways to Capture the Paradigm in Scenario Building Exercises

Subramanian, Suneetha M. and Nishi, Maiko (2023). Nature as Culture: Conceptualizing What It Implies and Potential Ways to Capture the Paradigm in Scenario Building Exercises. UNU-IAS Working Paper series. United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability.

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    Author Subramanian, Suneetha M.
    Nishi, Maiko
    Title Nature as Culture: Conceptualizing What It Implies and Potential Ways to Capture the Paradigm in Scenario Building Exercises
    Series Title UNU-IAS Working Paper series
    Volume/Issue No. 1
    Publication Date 2023-12
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability
    Pages XVIII, 18
    Language eng
    Abstract The recent Values Assessment conducted by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) highlights the impact of different worldviews on people's relationship with nature. This paper summarizes the findings from a literature review that examined nature-culture interconnections and how they play out in outcomes related to conservation and human well-being. It seeks to highlight the various ways in which Nature as Culture is conceptualized and further, generalized. It also aims to identify a short set of promising indicators that could be used for scenario modelling for nature futures work, as well as potential areas of research to explore further in this field to ensure that the concept is more robustly embedded in plans to operationalize policy goals on sustainability, including biodiversity conservation. The paper emphasizes the need for further research in this area, calling for methods that incorporate a diverse range of resources across ecosystems, species types and national borders. It highlights ground-truthing and primary data collection as essential components in understanding intrinsic, instrumental and relational values for fostering sustainable practices.
    UNBIS Thesaurus ECOSYSTEMS
    BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
    NATURE CONSERVATION
    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    CULTURE
    POLICY-MAKING
    Keyword Human well-being
    Nature-culture connection
    Nature Futures Framework
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2023
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI https://doi.org/10.53326/IVBP2438
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