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Index System for Assessing Human Well-Being Based on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Conceptual Framework (appears in: Going Beyond the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: An Index System of Human Well-Being). Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Searchable Authors

W Yang
T F Dietz
D B. Kramer
X Chen
J Liu

Reference Type

Journal Article

Authors, Section

Yang, W.; Dietz, T.; Kramer, D. B.; Chen, X.; Liu, J.

Title, Section

Index System for Assessing Human Well-Being Based on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Conceptual Framework (appears in: Going Beyond the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: An Index System of Human Well-Being). Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Publication Year

2013

Journal Title

PLoS One

Volume

8

Issue

5

Pages

e64582

Availability

online

PMID

PMID: 23717635

DOI

10.1371/journal.pone.0064582

Abstract

Full text is in supplementary Zipped Excel file. Understanding the linkages between ecosystem services (ES) and human well-being (HWB) is crucial to sustain the flow of ES for HWB. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) provided a state-of-the-art synthesis of such knowledge. However, due to the complexity of the linkages between ES and HWB, there are still many knowledge gaps, and in particular a lack of quantitative indicators and integrated models based on the MA framework. To fill some of these research needs, we developed a quantitative index system to measure HWB, and assessed the impacts of an external driver--the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake--on HWB. Our results suggest that our proposed index system of HWB is well-designed, valid and could be useful for better understanding the linkages between ES and HWB. The earthquake significantly affected households' well-being in our demonstration sites. Such impacts differed across space and across the five dimensions of the sub-index (i.e., the basic material for good life, security, health, good social relations, and freedom of choice and action). Since the conceptual framework is based on the generalizable MA framework, our methods should also be applicable to other study areas.

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