Schröter, Matthias and Başak, Esra and Church, Andrew and Keune, Hans and Osipova, Elena and Oteros-Rozas, Elisa and Sievers-Glotzbach, Stefanie and van Oudenhoven, Alexander P. E. and Balvanera, Patricia and González, David and Jacobs, Sander and Molnár, Zsolt and Pascual, Unai and Martín-López, Berta (2020) Indicators for relational values of nature’s contributions to good quality of life: the IPBES approach for Europe and Central Asia. Ecosytems and people, 16 (1). pp. 50-69. ISSN 2639-5916


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Relational values are values of desirable relationships between people and nature and amongpeople (through nature). We report on the approach to capture relational values of nature’scontributions to people in the regional assessment for Europe and Central Asia of theIntergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).We present a framework considering indicators along four relational value dimensions aboutpeople’s relationships with nature: security and sovereignty; health; equity and justice; andheritage, social identity and stewardship. The framework has been operationalized for threenature’s contributions to people (NCP): regulation of freshwater quality and quantity, foodand feed, and physical and psychological experiences derived from nature. We identify waysto empirically assess relational values of nature’s contributions to people at regional andcontinental scales with social-ecological indicators and proxies, ranging from biophysicalindicators to indicators that intersect socio-economic with biophysical data. We concludethat many of the identified indicators can be considered as useful proxies of relational valuesin a quantitative way. The analysis shows that relational values are essential to consider at thescience-policy interface as they are an important set of values that people hold about natureand that go beyond instrumental relations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nature’s contributions topeople; ecosystem services;biodiversity; human well-being; quality of life;human-nature relationship;environmental ethics;indigenous and localknowledge
Subjects: Social sciences > Political science
Social sciences > Economics
Social sciences > Natural resources, energy and environment
Science and mathematics > Life sciences, biology
Science and mathematics > Plants (botany)
Technology, medicine, applied sciences > Agriculture, veterinary medicine
Divisions: School of Computing Science, Business Administration, Economics and Law > Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 09:02
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 09:02
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:715-oops-43484

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