This tool provides 1) a conceptual framework that sheds light on the different ecological and social factors that shape socio-cultural values, 2) an overview of quantitative and qualitative methods to assess socio-cultural values, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses, and 3) a framework to integrate socio-cultural ecosystem service assessments with ecological and economic assessments.

Aim of the resource: 

Clarifications of the concept of socio-cultural valuation and a structured listing of the available methodologies facilitate a better integration of socio-cultural values in ecosystem service assessments and help researchers and practitioners to choose methods from the available portfolio.

Practical information
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Development stage: 
Full, working product
Contact details
Contact Name (Person or group/organization): 
Peter H. Verburg