WCS 3-Sentence Science
May 17, 2019
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present the work of the Melanesia’s Stacy Jupiter and Joe McCarter on developing culturally grounded indicators of well-being.
- Policies and interventions designed based on indicators of human well-being can potentially do unintentional harm if there is a mismatch between local and global worldviews.
- Participatory research by a Science for Nature and People Partnership working group on Assessing Biocultural Indicators identified eight broad dimensions that characterize well-being from a Pacific Islands’ perspective.
- The researchers provide guidance on how to develop culturally grounded indicators of well-being, focusing on two dimensions that are often overlooked in global sustainable development frameworks: connectedness to people and place; and indigenous and local knowledge, practice and beliefs.
Study and Journal: “Developing biocultural indicators for resource management” from Conservation Science and Practice
WCS Co-Author(s): Stacy Jupiter, WCS Melanesia Program; Joe McCarter , WCS Melanesia Program
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