Azura social scientist Rebecca Ingram served as primary author of this newly published NOAA Technical Memorandum. In this report, the authors summarize research conducted as part of the West Hawai‘i Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) project for the Ecosystems Science Division of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC).
By conducting in-depth, semi-structured interviews with people in West Hawaiʻi, the authors investigated how resource management can include information about human well-being to support and enhance management practices. The interview data combined with literature reviews informed the creation of a set of place-based indicators focused on representing cultural ecosystem services (i.e., non-material benefits received from the environment) and human well-being within the West Hawaiʻi Integrated Ecosystem Assessment program. This study highlights ways to better integrate cultural ecosystem services and human well-being into resource management.
Ingram, R.J., K.M. Leong, J. Gove, and S. Wongbusarakum. 2020. Including human well-being in resource management with cultural ecosystem services. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOAA-TM-NMFS-PIFSC-112. U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service.
Additional information about this study can be found in Rebecca Ingram’s virtual presentation at the 27th Annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference in September 2020.