Revising Payment for Ecosystem Services in the Light of Stewardship: The Need for a Legal Framework

Solazzo, Alessandra and Jones, Aled and Cooper, Nigel (2015) Revising Payment for Ecosystem Services in the Light of Stewardship: The Need for a Legal Framework. Sustainability, 7 (11). pp. 15449-15463. ISSN 2071-1050

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Since the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) highlighted the importance of ecosystem services for human well-being, the payments for such services have increasingly been drawing the attention of governments, the private sector and academia. Nonetheless, there is not yet a specific legal framework which is able to capture the complexity of managing natural resources and, at the same time, deal with the numerous drawbacks that have been identified by critics, who are opposed to using financialisation of the environment as a tool. This paper, after briefly summarizing some of the main features and criticisms of the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES), will critically assess the understanding of property rights over natural resources as stewardship, rather than as entitlement, because this interpretation is more coherent with the inherent characteristics of natural resources and, consequently, of ecosystem services. The novel usage of a stewardship dimension to property rights underlines the necessity for a legal framework for PES, constituted by “property-liability rules”.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Ecosystem Services
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 10:09
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 19:00

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