Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy

Theme on Human Wellbeing and Sustainable Livelihoods (HWSL)

The HWSL focuses on increasingly engaging in the concept of human wellbeing to improve design and evaluation of interventions and to develop proper guidance that can be operationalized or applied to effectively measure the impacts of conservation interventions on people.

The term human well-being refers to people’s ability to live a life they value. Human well-being is a collection of factors that can include cultural heritage, health, education, access to ecosystem services, legally recognized rights, as well as tangible assets such as material wealth and income-generating opportunities.

What constitutes human wellbeing differs for each group and will reflect its history, local culture and norms, political and socio-economic conditions, geography and ecological circumstances. Wongbusarakum et a. 2014. 

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