Evaluating outcomes of conservation with multidimensional indicators of well-being

Mbaru, E.K. and Hicks, C.C. and Gurney, G.G. and Cinner, J.E. (2021) Evaluating outcomes of conservation with multidimensional indicators of well-being. Conservation Biology, 35 (5). pp. 1417-1425. ISSN 0888-8892

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Many conservation interventions are hypothesized to be beneficial for both the environment and people's well-being, but this has rarely been tested rigorously. We examined the effects of adoption or nonadoption of a conservation intervention on 3 dimensions of people's well-being (material, relational, and subjective) over time. We focused on a fisheries bycatch management initiative intended to reduce environmental externalities associated with resource extraction. We collected panel data from fishers (n = 250) in villages with (adopters and nonadopters) and without (control) the conservation intervention 3 times over 2 years. We found no evidence that adoption reduced any of the 3 dimensions of well-being in the local populations affected by the intervention. There were modest improvements in material (t = –1.58) and subjective livelihood well-being (p = 0.04) for adopters relative to nonadopters over time. The variations in well-being experiences (in terms of magnitude of change) among adopters, nonadopters, and controls across the different domains over time affirmed the dynamic and social nature of well-being.

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Conservation Biology
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Mbaru, EK., Hicks, CC., Gurney, GG., & Cinner, JE. Evaluating outcomes of conservation with multidimensional indicators of well-being. Conservation Biology. 2021; 35: 1417– 1425. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13743 which has been published in final form at https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cobi.13743 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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?? bienestar humanodimensiones socialesevaluación de impactofisherieshuman dimensionshuman well-beingimpact evaluationpesqueríasredes socialessocial networkecologyecology, evolution, behavior and systematicsnature and landscape conservation ??
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