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Valuing nature’s contributions to people: the IPBES approach

Journal article
Authors Unai Pascual
Patricia Balvanera
Sandra Diaz
György Pataki
Eva Roth
Marie Stenseke
Robert T Watson
Esra Başak Dessane
Mine Islar
Eszter Kelemen
et al.
Published in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Volume 26-27
Pages 7-16
ISSN 1877-3435
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Unit for Human Geography
Department of Economy and Society
Pages 7-16
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2016.12...
Keywords valuation, biodiversity, IPBES, ecosystem services
Subject categories Other Social Sciences

Abstract

Nature is perceived and valued in starkly different and often conflicting ways. This paper presents the rationale for the inclusive valuation of nature’s contributions to people (NCP) in decision making, as well as broad methodological steps for doing so. While developed within the context of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), this approach is more widely applicable to initiatives at the knowledge–policy interface, which require a pluralistic approach to recognizing the diversity of values. We argue that transformative practices aiming at sustainable futures would benefit from embracing such diversity, which require recognizing and addressing power relationships across stakeholder groups that hold different values on human nature-relations and NCP.

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