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

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.

Keywords: agroecosystems; allotments; gender socialization; social-ecological systems; socio-cultural valuation

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Published 6. October 2016 - 10:15 - Updated 23. May 2017 - 19:11