Evaluating human well-being and ecosystem services in San Jacinto de Santay, Ecuador

Daniel Gómez de la Torre Hidalgo, Mateo Aguado Caso, María Cristina Vallejo

Abstract

This research identifies the influencing factors on human well-being in the San Jacinto de Santay community by interpreting subjective satisfaction with life revealed by its inhabitants in a crosssectional study. The dependent variable was explained by age, social relationships, and time available for recreation activities. In addition, ecosystem services perceived as critical were identified: clean air and wild food (mainly artisanal fishing). The analysis of the results, using a Mann-Whitney test and analysis of covariance and redundancy, highlighted sustainable management and the importance of understanding the contributions of the natural environment.

Keywords

Human well-being; rural livelihood strategies; social perceptions; ecosystem services; sustainability

Subject classification

I31; Q57; Q56

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