People derive multiple non-material benefits from ecosystems. For example, forest-dwellers, fishers, and birdwatchers’ identities all depend on forests, fish, and birds respectively. We also derive recreational benefits from nature and develop place attachment to certain landscape and seascape characteristics. The purpose of this session is to show novel approaches to studying and characterizing water-related cultural services. With examples from pre-Hispanic fisheries in Peru and from riparian areas and rivers in Idaho, USA, we will have a discussion session on qualitative and quantitative methods for evaluating cultural services of people in the past and present.
Moderator: Alejandra Echeverri, Postdoctoral Scholar
Alejandra Echeverri is a postdoctoral scholar with the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University working under the supervision of Prof. Gretchen Daily. She researches ways to better integrate biodiversity and ecosystem services into national development policies of Colombia and Costa Rica.
Rebecca Hale is an Assistant Professor at Idaho State University. Trained as an ecosystem ecologist, Dr. Hale's research addresses the interfaces of biogeochemistry, hydrology, and society at local to regional scales. Current research addresses the biogeochemistry of urban social-ecological systems, the biogeochemical consequences of streamflow intermittence, and the social-ecological consequences of large-landscape conservation.
Rocío López de la Lama is a PhD student exploring people’s different relationships with nature through a relational values lens. In particular, she is interested in understanding how people’s relationships with nature might motivate and foster the creation of Privately Protected Areas (PPAs), focusing in Peru (her home country).