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


  • Daniel Gómez de la Torre Hidalgo Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) – Sede Ecuador
  • Mateo Aguado Caso Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • María Cristina Vallejo Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) – Sede Ecuador




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


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.


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Mateo Aguado Caso, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Laboratorio de Socio-Ecosistemas, Departamento de Ecología


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