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Widening the Evaluative Space for Ecosystem Services: A Taxonomy of Plural Values and Valuation Methods

Paola Arias-Arévalo, Erik Gómez-Baggethun, Berta Martín-López, Mario Pérez-Rincón

Environmental Values 27 (2018): 29-53. doi: 10.3197/096327118X15144698637513

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ABSTRACT

Researchers working in the field of ecosystem services (ES) have long acknowledged the importance of recognising multiple values in ecosystems and biodiversity. Yet the operationalisation of value pluralism in ES assessments remains largely elusive. The aim of this research is to present a taxonomy of values and valuation methods to widen the evaluative space for ES. First, we present our preanalytic positions in regards to the values and valuation of ES. Second, we review different value definitions that we deem relevant for the discussion of ES valuation. Third, we propose a taxonomy of ES values based on different conceptions of human-nature relationships. Finally, we present a taxonomy of different methods that can be used to recognise plural values in ES. This taxonomy for a plural valuation can help ES scientists and practitioners with their aim of representing people's multiple and context-specific ways of valuing nature. The taxonomy can also serve to pay broader attention to ES values that are overlooked or misrepresented in assessments that restrict their focus to monetary valuations.


KEYWORDS

Ecosystem services, incommensurability, monetary and non-monetary valuation, value pluralism

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Reframing Problems of Incommensurability in Environmental Conflicts Through Pragmatic Sociology: From Value Pluralism to the Plurality of Modes of Engagement with the Environment. Laura Centemeri

Should Biodiversity be Useful? Scope and Limits of Ecosystem Services as an Argument for Biodiversity Conservation. Glenn Deliège and Stijn Neuteleers

Value Theory in Ecological Economics: The Contribution of a Political Economy of Wealth. Ali Douai

The Map of Moral Significance: A New Axiological Matrix for Environmental Ethics. Barbara Muraca

How Much is that Ecosystem in the Window? The One with the Bio-diverse Trail. Clive L. Spash

The Environment as a Commodity Arild Vatn

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Assimilation, Blind Spots and Coproduced Crises. Claudia Carter

Mapping Moral Pluralism in Behavioural Spillovers: A Cross-Disciplinary Account of the Multiple Ways in Which We Engage in Moral Valuing. Michael Vincent, Ann-Kathrin Koessler


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