What are shared and social values of ecosystems?

Kenter, Jasper O. and O'Brien, Liz and Hockley, Neal and Ravenscroft, Neil and Fazey, Ioan and Irvine, Katherine N. and Reed, Mark S. and Christie, Michael and Brady, Emily and Bryce, Rosalind and Church, Andrew and Cooper, Nigel and Davies, Althea and Evely, Anna and Everard, Mark and Fish, Robert and Fisher, Janet A. and Jobstvogt, Niels and Molloy, Claire and Orchard-Webb, Johanne and Ranger, Susan and Ryan, Mandy and Watson, Verity and Williams, Susan (2015) What are shared and social values of ecosystems? Ecological Economics, 111. pp. 86-99. ISSN 1873-6106

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Social valuation of ecosystem services and public policy alternatives is one of the greatest challenges facing ecological economists today. Frameworks for valuing nature increasingly include shared/social values as a distinct category of values. However, the nature of shared/social values, as well as their relationship to other values, has not yet been clearly established and empirical evidence about the importance of shared/social values for valuation of ecosystem services is lacking. To help address these theoretical and empirical limitations, this paper outlines a framework of shared/social values across five dimensions: value concept, provider, intention, scale, and elicitation process. Along these dimensions we identify seven main, non-mutually exclusive types of shared values: transcendental, cultural/societal, communal, group, deliberated and other-regarding values, and value to society. Using a case study of a recent controversial policy on forest ownership in England, we conceptualise the dynamic interplay between shared/social and individual values. The way in which social value is assessed in neoclassical economics is discussed and critiqued, followed by consideration of the relation between shared/social values and Total Economic Value, and a review of deliberative and non-monetary methods for assessing shared/social values. We conclude with a discussion of the importance of shared/social values for decision-making.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Shared values, Social values, Ecosystem services, Environmental valuation, Total Economic Value, Deliberation, Deliberative monetary valuation, Non-monetary valuation, Interpretive methods, Psychological methods, Decision-making
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2016 11:07
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 19:01
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/601375

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