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Sustainability 2016, 8(8), 718; doi:10.3390/su8080718

Home Garden Ecosystem Services Valuation through a Gender Lens: A Case Study in the Catalan Pyrenees

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Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellatera, Barcelona 08193, Spain
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Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss, 5. Parc Mediterrani de la Tecnologia, Castelldefels, Barcelona 08860, Spain
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Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona 08172, Spain
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Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Norwegian University of Life Sciences, (NMBU), Universitetstunet 3, Ås 1430, Norway
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Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Gaustadalléen 21, Oslo 0349, Norway
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ICREA, Pg. Lluís Companys 23, Barcelona 08010, Spain
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Academic Editor: Helmut Haberl
Received: 23 March 2016 / Revised: 19 July 2016 / Accepted: 21 July 2016 / Published: 27 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Social Ecology and Sustainability)
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Abstract

Ecosystem services have become a critical issue in the environmental literature, however knowledge on whether women and men similarly value ecosystem services is still nascent. We aim at advancing the understanding of the relation between gender and environmental perceptions through the analysis of values assigned by women and men to ecosystem services supplied by home gardens in Vall Fosca (Catalan Pyrenees, north-eastern Spain). We found that women give a higher value than men to all ecosystem services. Overall, women’s valuation of the full range of ecosystem services provided by home gardens was 7.55% higher than men’s valuation. Gender socialization influences the way people interact with and value the environment, including highly managed environments such as home gardens. We argue that considering gendered differences in ecosystem services valuation may lead to policies more effective in enhancing ecosystem services provision. View Full-Text
Keywords: agroecosystems; allotments; gender socialization; social-ecological systems; socio-cultural valuation agroecosystems; allotments; gender socialization; social-ecological systems; socio-cultural valuation
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Calvet-Mir, L.; March, H.; Corbacho-Monné, D.; Gómez-Baggethun, E.; Reyes-García, V. Home Garden Ecosystem Services Valuation through a Gender Lens: A Case Study in the Catalan Pyrenees. Sustainability 2016, 8, 718.

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