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"Nature's contributions to people" and peoples' moral obligations to nature

Piccolo, John J. and Taylor, Bron and Washington, Haydn and Kopnina, Helen and Gray, Joe and Alberro, Heather and Orlikowska, Ewa (2022). "Nature's contributions to people" and peoples' moral obligations to nature. Biological Conservation. 270 , 109572
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The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has become influential in biodiversity conservation. Its research is published widely and has been adopted by the United Nations and the Convention for Biological Diversity. This platform includes discussion about how values relate to biodiversity conservation. The IPBES emphasizes "relational values", connecting these with living a "good life," and "nature's contributions to people" (NCP); building upon ecosystem services (ES), which have dominated nature valuation for 15+ years. Although the IPBES acknowledges instrumental and intrinsic natural values, they purport that by adopting relational values, conservation will become more socially- and culturally-inclusive, moving beyond the "unhelpful dichotomy" between instrumental and intrinsic values. We wholeheartedly agree that conservation should become more inclusive - it should, in fact, morally include nonhuman nature. We argue that far from being half of an unhelpful dichotomy, intrinsic natural values are incontrovertible elements of any honest effort to sustain Earth's biodiversity. We find NCP to be mainly anthropocentric, and relational values to be largely instrumental. The "good life" they support is a good life for humans, and not for nonhuman beings or collectives. While passingly acknowledging intrinsic natural values, the current IPBES platform gives little attention to these, and to corresponding ecocentric worldviews. In this paper we demonstrate the important practical implications of operationalizing intrinsic values for conservation, such as ecological justice, i.e., "peoples' obligations to nature". We urge the IPBES platform, in their future values work, to become much more inclusive of intrinsic values and ecocentrism.

Authors/Creators:Piccolo, John J. and Taylor, Bron and Washington, Haydn and Kopnina, Helen and Gray, Joe and Alberro, Heather and Orlikowska, Ewa
Title:"Nature's contributions to people" and peoples' moral obligations to nature
Series Name/Journal:Biological Conservation
Year of publishing :2022
Article number:109572
Number of Pages:8
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Keywords:Intrinsic value, Ecocentrism, Relational value, Anthropocentrism, Ecological justice, Rights of nature
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Web of Science (WoS)000830839400010
ID Code:28622
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > School for Forest Management
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Deposited On:29 Aug 2022 09:26
Metadata Last Modified:29 Aug 2022 09:31

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