Beyond Ecosystem Services: Valuing the Invaluable

Richard M. Gunton*, Eline N. van Asperen, Andrew Basden, David Bookless, Yoseph Araya, David R. Hanson, Mark A. Goddard, George Otieno, Gareth O. Jones

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Abstract

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. In this opinion article, we propose an ecosystem valuing framework as a broader and more rigorous way to deliver the benefits currently sought from the ESF, without the conceptual problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-257
Number of pages9
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Volume32
Issue number4
Early online date16 Feb 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

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