Integrating multiple values of nature in environmental decisions and policy
The ways in which people relate to and value nature is an intriguing topic at the frontier of social sciences and ecological research. The ecosystem services concept has given an important impetus to highlighting the many ways by which nature contributes to human well-being. Intrinsic values and relational values are two prominent conceptualizations to reflect the non-instrumental value dimensions of nature. This objective of this UPOL project is to contribute to a better understanding of 1) the diversity of human-nature relationships and value dimensions, and 2) how the multiple values of nature are reflected in motivations and decisions of different societal actors (individuals, groups, institutions), and 3) how the multiple values of nature can be better accounted for in environmental policy and governance.
Within the ValuES Project, UFZ is working on operationalizing the IPBES multiple values framework for practitioners in national and sub-national development and conservation planning.
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