Socio-ecological accounting:DPSWR, a modified DPSIR framework, and its application to marine ecosystems


Cooper, P., 2013. Socio-ecological accounting:DPSWR, a modified DPSIR framework, and its application to marine ecosystems. Ecological Economics, 94, pp. 106-115.

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    In contrast to institutionally focussed environmental accounting, socio-ecological accounting frameworks organise information concerned with human–environment interactions at scales relevant to ecosystem change and thus encapsulate information more relevant to ecosystem-based management. The DPSIR (Driver–Pressure–State–Impact–Response) framework has been used to identify relevant information in a number of ecosystem contexts but suffers limitations in terms of its definitional clarity and conceptual foundations, which undermine comparability between studies. These limitations are addressed in the DPSWR (Driver–Pressure–State–Welfare–Response) framework, which defines information categories based on a synthesis of concepts in DPSIR and its predecessors so as to more clearly identify the object of measurement in each category and isolate information relating to social systems. Consequently, its categories dealing with social systems are better suited to assessing anthropocentric trade-offs in environmental decision-making, such as through cost–benefit analysis. A conceptual input–output analysis is used to highlight measurement issues connected with the inter-relations between information categories, particularly with regard to scale, and the application of the framework is illustrated by reference to issues affecting marine ecosystems included in a Europewide study for the European Commission. However, DPSWR's definitions are designed to be sufficiently general as to support application in other ecosystem contexts.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsCooper, P.
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    Uncontrolled Keywordssustainability,socio-ecological accounting,environmental accounting,ecosystem approach,marine ecosystems
    DepartmentsSchool of Management
    Research CentresCentre for Business, Organisations and Society (CBOS)
    Publisher StatementCooper_2013_Ecological_Economics_94_106.pdf: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Ecological Economics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Ecological Economics, vol 94, 2013, DOI 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.07.010
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