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DOI 10.1007/s13280-022-01812-1
Licence creative commons licence
Title (Primary) An environmental justice perspective on ecosystem services
Author Loos, J.; Benra, F.; Berbés-Blázquez, M.; Bremer, L.L.; Chan, K.M.A.; Egoh, B.; Felipe-Lucia, M.; Geneletti, D.; Keeler, B.; Locatelli, B.; Loft, L.; Schröter, B.; Schröter, M.; Winkler, K.J.
Journal Ambio
Year 2023
Department iDiv; ESS
Volume 52
Issue 3
Page From 477
Page To 488
Language englisch
Topic T5 Future Landscapes
Keywords Environmental management; Equity; Pluralism; Recognition; Relational values
Abstract Mainstreaming of ecosystem service approaches has been proposed as one path toward sustainable development. Meanwhile, critics of ecosystem services question if the approach can account for the multiple values of ecosystems to diverse groups of people, or for aspects of inter- and intra-generational justice. In particular, an ecosystem service approach often overlooks power dimensions and capabilities that are core to environmental justice. This article addresses the need for greater guidance on incorporating justice into ecosystem services research and practice. We point to the importance of deep engagement with stakeholders and rights holders to disentangle contextual factors that moderate justice outcomes on ecosystem service attribution and appropriation in socio-political interventions. Such a holistic perspective enables the integration of values and knowledge plurality for enhancing justice in ecosystem services research. This broadened perspective paves a way for transformative ecosystem service assessments, management, and research, which can help inform and design governance structures that nourish human agency to sustainably identify, manage, and enjoy ecosystem services for human wellbeing.
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Loos, J., Benra, F., Berbés-Blázquez, M., Bremer, L.L., Chan, K.M.A., Egoh, B., Felipe-Lucia, M., Geneletti, D., Keeler, B., Locatelli, B., Loft, L., Schröter, B., Schröter, M., Winkler, K.J. (2023):
An environmental justice perspective on ecosystem services
Ambio 52 (3), 477 - 488