Examining ecosystem services and disservices through deliberative socio-cultural valuation

Baltazar, D.S. ORCID: 0000-0002-0343-7713, Labadz, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-1574-7540, Smith, R. ORCID: 0000-0003-3420-7256, Telford, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8430-4866 and Di Bonito, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-8590-0267, 2022. Examining ecosystem services and disservices through deliberative socio-cultural valuation. SN Social Sciences, 2 (10): 204. ISSN 2662-9283

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The deliberative socio-cultural valuation of ecosystem services (ES) and disservices (EDS) is an understudied area of ES and EDS research. Participatory methods have been applied to ES and EDS valuation, but little is known on how these approaches could reveal and form shared values and impact decision-making. This paper presents the deliberative socio-cultural valuation of the Jose Rizal Plaza in Calamba City, The Philippines. The study aimed to assess how stakeholders value the ES and EDS of the park and examine how these values change in different situations. Online focus groups were carried out, and in each, the participants were asked to distribute importance and concern points to the various park ES and EDS, respectively. The valuation exercise was performed six times, changing the source and constituency of the valuation, and introducing discussions. Results confirm significant differences in the values assigned to several ES and EDS across the valuation exercises. Varying the sources and constituencies proved useful in revealing the participants’ shared assigned values. The participants share a high appreciation for enjoyment and spending free time, sports and physical fitness, relaxation and mental recreation, social relationships, and local identity and cultural heritage. For EDS, they share a significant concern only for the risk of anti-social behaviour. This type of valuation could be further explored using other parks and cities to test if it will have consistent results. For the Jose Rizal Plaza, spaces for sports should be maintained and security should be improved.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: SN Social Sciences
Creators: Baltazar, D.S., Labadz, J., Smith, R., Telford, A. and Di Bonito, M.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: 2022
Volume: 2
Number: 10
ISSN: 2662-9283
Rights: © The Author(s) 2022. Open Access. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 19 Oct 2022 09:25
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 09:25
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/47273

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