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Nature's contribution to poverty alleviation, human wellbeing and the SDGs

Poudyal, Mahesh; Kraft, Franziska; Wells, Geoff; Das, Anamika; Attiwilli, Suman; Schreckenberg, Kate; Lele, Sharachchandra; ... Mugi, Lilian Mwihaki; + view all (2024) Nature's contribution to poverty alleviation, human wellbeing and the SDGs. Scientific Data , 11 (1) , Article 229. 10.1038/s41597-024-02967-0. Green open access

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Abstract

Millions of households globally rely on uncultivated ecosystems for their livelihoods. However, much of the understanding about the broader contribution of uncultivated ecosystems to human wellbeing is still based on a series of small-scale studies due to limited availability of large-scale datasets. We pooled together 11 comparable datasets comprising 232 settlements and 10,971 households in ten low-and middle-income countries, representing forest, savanna and coastal ecosystems to analyse how uncultivated nature contributes to multi-dimensional wellbeing and how benefits from nature are distributed between households. The resulting dataset integrates secondary data on rural livelihoods, multidimensional human wellbeing, household demographics, resource tenure and social-ecological context, primarily drawing on nine existing household surveys and their associated contextual information together with selected variables, such as travel time to cities, population density, local area GDP and land use and land cover from existing global datasets. This integrated dataset has been archived with ReShare (UK Data Service) and will be useful for further analyses on nature-wellbeing relationships on its own or in combination with similar datasets.

Type: Article
Title: Nature's contribution to poverty alleviation, human wellbeing and the SDGs
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41597-024-02967-0
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41597-024-02967-0
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third-party material in this article are included in the Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: Humans, Ecosystem, Sustainable Development, Poverty, Family Characteristics, Rural Population
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10188264
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