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Beyond ecosystem services: valuing the invaluable

Gunton, Richard M.; van Asperen, Eline; Basden, Andrew; Bookless, David; Araya, Yoseph; Hanson, David R.; Goddard, Mark A.; Otieno, George and Jones, Gareth O. (2017). Beyond ecosystem services: valuing the invaluable. Trends in Ecology and Evolution (In Press).

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The ecosystem services framework (ESF) is advantageous and widely used for itemising and quantifying ways in which humans benefit from natural places. However, it suffers from two important problems: (i) incoherence of definitions and (ii) a narrow approach to valuation, inadequate to represent the full range of human motives for conservation and the diverse interests of different stakeholders. These shortcomings can lead to a range of problems including double-counting, blind spots and unintended consequences. Here we propose an ecosystem valuing framework (EVF) as a broader and more rigorous way to deliver the benefits currently sought from the ESF, without the conceptual problems.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0169-5347
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetMarsh Christian Trust
Not SetNot SetWest Yorkshire School of Christian Studies
Keywords: aspectual analysis; ecological; cognitive; communal; ideological; multi-criterion assessment; natural capital; value theory
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 48246
Depositing User: Yoseph Araya
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 11:28
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 10:02
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