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Ecosystem services and the value of places.

James, Simon P. (2016) 'Ecosystem services and the value of places.', Ethical theory and moral practice., 19 (1). pp. 101-113.


In the US Environmental Protection Agency, the World Wide Fund for Nature and many other environmental organisations, it is standard practice to evaluate particular woods, wetlands and other such places on the basis of the ‘ecosystem services’ they are thought to provide. I argue that this practice cannot account for one important way in which places are of value to human beings. When they play integral roles in our lives, particular places have a kind of value which cannot be adequately conceived in terms of service provision. Since it is in this respect limited, the ecosystem services framework can, I suggest, be criticised on grounds of justice.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Duty, Ecosystem services, Environmental ethics, Place, Value, Justice.
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Publisher statement:The final publication is available at Springer via http://10.1007/s10677-015-9592-6
Date accepted:09 April 2015
Date deposited:04 February 2016
Date of first online publication:21 April 2015
Date first made open access:21 April 2016

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