Valuing nature's contributions to people: the IPBES approach

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Nature is perceived and valued in starkly different and often conflicting ways. This paper presents the rationale for the inclusive valuation of nature's contributions to people (NCP) in decision making, as well as broad methodological steps for doing so. While developed within the context of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), this approach is more widely applicable to initiatives at the knowledge–policy interface, which require a pluralistic approach to recognizing the diversity of values. We argue that transformative practices aiming at sustainable futures would benefit from embracing such diversity, which require recognizing and addressing power relationships across stakeholder groups that hold different values on human nature-relations and NCP.


  • Unai Pascual
  • Patricia Balvanera
  • Sandra Díaz
  • György Pataki
  • Eva Roth
  • Marie Stenseke
  • Robert T. Watson
  • Esra Başak Dessane
  • Eszter Kelemen
  • Virginie Maris
  • Martin Quaas
  • Suneetha M. Subramanian
  • Heidi Wittmer
  • Asia Adlan
  • So Eun Ahn
  • Yousef S. Al-Hafedh
  • Edward Amankwah
  • Stanley T. Asah
  • Pam M. Berry
  • Adem Bilgin
  • Sara J. Breslow
  • Craig Bullock
  • Daniel Cáceres
  • Hamed Daly-Hassen
  • Eugenio Figueroa
  • Christopher D. Golden
  • Erik Gómez-Baggethun
  • David González-Jiménez
  • Joël Houdet
  • Hans Keune
  • Ritesh Kumar
  • Keping Ma
  • Peter H. May
  • Aroha Mead
  • Patrick O'Farrell
  • Ram Pandit
  • Walter Pengue
  • Ramón Pichis-Madruga
  • Florin Popa
  • Susan Preston
  • Diego Pacheco-Balanza
  • Heli Saarikoski
  • Bernardo B. Strassburg
  • Marjan van den Belt
  • Madhu Verma
  • Fern Wickson
  • Noboyuki Yagi
External organisations
  • University of the Basque Country
  • National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • University of Córdoba, Spain
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • University of Gothenburg
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Kiel
  • Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
  • King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Chile
  • Harvard University
  • Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
  • University of Pretoria
  • Finnish Environment Institute
  • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Te Herenga Waka / Victoria University of Wellington
  • Basque Foundation for Science
  • University of Cambridge
  • Corvinus University of Budapest
  • University of Montpellier
  • United Nations University
  • University of Khartoum
  • Korea Environment Institute (KEI)
  • Center for Environmental Governance (CEGO)
  • University of Washington
  • Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs
  • University College Dublin
  • National University of Cordoba, Argentina
  • University of Carthage
  • University of Antwerp
  • Wetlands International
  • Kunming Institute of Botany
  • Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • University of Western Australia, Crawley
  • National University of General Sarmiento
  • Centro de Investigaciones de la Economía Mundial (CIEM)
  • European commission: Regional and Urban Policy
  • Canada’s national biodiversity clearinghouse (Biodivcanada)
  • Indian Institute of Forest Management
  • GenØk – Centre for Biosafety
  • University of Tokyo
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-16
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 1
Publication categoryResearch