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Title (Primary) Beyond “benefits”? Looking at ecosystem services through the capability approach
Author Polishchuk, Y.; Rauschmayer, F.;
Journal Ecological Economics
Year 2012
Department UPOL;
Volume 81
Language englisch;
Keywords Ecosystem services; Human well-being; Capability approach
Abstract Current conceptual debates on the impacts of ecosystem services (ESS) on human well-being often boil down to discussing the application and limitations of monetisation approaches. Meanwhile we argue that ESS can be understood in a richer and more nuanced way if we revisit the human well-being dimension of the ESS concept, going beyond the widely cited notion of “benefits” as put forward by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA, 2005) and transcending the currently prevalent utilitarian framing. Hence, we examine ESS through the lens of the capability approach, which offers a multidimensional framework for human well-being as an alternative to mainstream utilitarian and opulence perspectives. Within this framework, ESS can be effectively viewed as contributing – in a diversity of ways – to people's capabilities, i.e., their freedoms to lead lives they have reason to value. Such a view opens up a richer debate on the human dimension of ESS and points to new potential areas and ways of application of the ESS concept.

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Persistent UFZ Identifier https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=12979
Polishchuk, Y., Rauschmayer, F. (2012):
Beyond “benefits”? Looking at ecosystem services through the capability approach
Ecol. Econ. 81 , 103 - 111