Autors de l'ICTA

Projectes relationats

Últims articles publicats

2015 What explains public support for climate policies? A review of empirical and experimental studies[disponible en anglès]

2015 Socially sustainable degrowth as a social–ecological transformation: repoliticizing sustainability[disponible en anglès]

2015 Bolivia set to violate its protected areas[disponible en anglès]

2015 What if solar energy becomes really cheap? A thought experiment on environmental problem shifting[disponible en anglès]

Ethical Considerations in On-Ground Applications of the Ecosystem Services Concept

2012, BIOSCIENCE - número/volum 12/62 - ISSN: 0006-3568 - Pàgines 1020-1029 - DOI 10.1525/bio.2012.62.12.4

Autors de l'ICTA:
Erik N. Gómez-Baggethun

Tots els autors:
Luck, G.W., Chan, K.M.A., Eser, U., Gómez-Baggethun, E., Matzdorf, Norton, B., Potschin, M.B.

Abstract
The ecosystem services (ES) concept is one of the main avenues for conveying society’s dependence on natural ecosystems. On-ground applications of the concept are now widespread and diverse and include its use as a communication tool, for policy guidance and priority setting, and for designing economic instruments for conservation. Each application raises ethical considerations beyond traditional controversies related to the monetary valuation of nature. We review ethical considerations across major on-ground applications and group them into the following categories: anthropocentric framing, economic metaphor, monetary valuation, commodification, sociocultural impact, changes in motivations, and equity implications. Different applications of the ES concept raise different suites of ethical issues, and we propose methods to address the issues most relevant to each application. We conclude that the ES concept should be considered as only one among various alternative approaches to valuing nature and that reliance on economic metaphors can exclude other motivations for protecting ecosystems.

© 2008 ICTA - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - Tots els drets reservats