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Nature’s contribution to poverty alleviation, human wellbeing and the SDGs

Poudyal, Mahesh, Kraft, Franziska, Wells, Geoff, Das, Anamika, Attiwilli, Suman, Schreckenberg, Kate, Lele, Sharachchandra, Daw, Tim, Torres-Vitolas, Carlos, Setty, Siddappa, and others. (2024) Nature’s contribution to poverty alleviation, human wellbeing and the SDGs. Scientific Data, 11 (1). Article Number 229. ISSN 2052-4463. (doi:10.1038/s41597-024-02967-0) (KAR id:105080)


Millions of households globally rely on uncultivated ecosystems for their livelihoods. However, much of the understanding about the broader contribution of uncultivated ecosystems to human wellbeing is still based on a series of small-scale studies due to limited availability of large-scale datasets. We pooled together 11 comparable datasets comprising 232 settlements and 10,971 households in ten low-and middle-income countries, representing forest, savanna and coastal ecosystems to analyse how uncultivated nature contributes to multi-dimensional wellbeing and how benefits from nature are distributed between households. The resulting dataset integrates secondary data on rural livelihoods, multidimensional human wellbeing, household demographics, resource tenure and social-ecological context, primarily drawing on nine existing household surveys and their associated contextual information together with selected variables, such as travel time to cities, population density, local area GDP and land use and land cover from existing global datasets. This integrated dataset has been archived with ReShare (UK Data Service) and will be useful for further analyses on nature-wellbeing relationships on its own or in combination with similar datasets.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1038/s41597-024-02967-0
Additional information: For the purpose of open access, the author(s) has applied a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Funders: Natural Environment Research Council (
Swedish Research Council for Environment Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (
Depositing User: Mahesh Poudyal
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2024 16:18 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 12:53 UTC
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