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Cultural Diversity

The diversity of landscapes influences the range of shared and accepted values and practices common to those in a particular landscape (e.g. Traditional Owner and European values and practices; rural and urban values and practices).

 

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Service Category

Cultural Services

 

What is cultural diversity and how is it derived?

The 'rural culture' is distinct from a 'beach culture'.

The 'beach culture' of SEQ is highly evident on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

Yugambeh Elder, Community Governance and Policy Consultant and public commentator on Indigenous issues, Mary Graham recently said, "White fellas have always seen meaning as coming from inquiry. Our view is that the place and land provide meaning actually. Meaning for us emanates from land - it emerges out of land, so from our point of view land or place precedes inquiry. For white fellas inquiry precedes land. White fellas are looking for meaning themselves. They're only two hundred years old as a society. They're going to be a work in progress for a long time yet, so we are going to be there helping them to find what meaning actually is. It emerges from the land. It's tied in with this relationship with land. There has been a severing between being human and coming from land. Place is exceptionally important. We really are where we came from" (Graham 2009, p 18).

 

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Table 1 presents the magnitude ecosystem functions contribute to this ecosystem service(realtive to other ecosystem functions).

 

Table 1:The relative magnitude (to other ecosystem functions) each ecosystem function contributes to Cultural Diversity.

Ecosystem Function Category Ecosystem Function 0
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Regulating Functions
Gas Regulation





Climate Regulation





Disturbance Regulation





Water Regulation





Soil Retention





Nutrient Regulation





Waste Treatment and Assimilation





Pollination





Biological Control





Barrier Effect of Vegetation





Supporting Functions
Supporting Habitats





Soil Formation





Provisioning Functions
Food





Raw Materials





Water Supply





Genetic Resources





Provision of Shade and Shelter





Pharmacological Resources





Cultural Functions
Landscape Opportunity





 

ARE HUMAN INPUTS REQUIRED TO FACILITATE cultural diversity?

Living in the city provides its own culture distinct from the rural or beach lifestyles.

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Are there any barriers to people receiving this ecosystem service and its benefits?

Many cultural heritage sites are seriously threatened and there is very limited research on traditional cultural landscapes and sites.  Enterprise development in wilderness and traditional owner interpretive cultural heritage tours is highly desirable (Graeme Channels per comm.). More information to come soon.

This ecosystem service provides many benefits that contribute both directly and indirectly to the well-being of the SEQ community. The Constituents of Well-being this ecosystem service contributes to are presented in Table 2 below. Further information on these constituents and how ecosystem services contribute to them can be obtained by clicking on the links in the table.

 

Table 2:The relative magnitude (to other ecosystem services) Cultural Diversity contributes to each constituent of well-being.

Well-being Category Constituent of Well-being 0
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Existence
Breathing            
Drinking            
Nutrition            
Shelter            
Health
Physical Health            
Mental Health            
Security
Secure and Continuous Supply of Services            
Security of Person            
Security of Health            
Secure Access to Services            
Security of Property            
Security of Property            
Good Social Relations
Family Cohesion            
Community and Social Cohesion            
Freedom of Choice and Action
Social and Economic Freedom            
Self Actualisation            
Self Actualisation            

 

The beaches, parks and gardens of Coochiemudlo Island attracted a diversity of cultures to share in the Easter market.

Links to other publications and websites

Wikipedia - Cultural Diversity
SEQ Regional Plan - Communities
Non-Indigenous Cultural Heritage Landscape Values
Cultural and Spiritual Values
Centre for Cultural Diversity

 

HOW DO WE KNOW IF WE ARE DEGRADING, MAINTAINING OR IMPROVING cultural diversity?

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How is this ecosystem service currently managed in SEQ?

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