GesamttitelGeNECA : Gerechte Nachhaltige Entwicklung auf Grundlage des Capability-Ansatzes / Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ
2 (2011) Ecosystem effects on well-being : more than just "benefits"? ; looking at ecosystem services through the capability approach / Yuliana Polishchuk; Felix Rauschmayer. Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ ; GeNECA, Gerechte Nachhaltige Entwicklung auf Grundlage des Capability-Ansatzes
VerfasserPolishchuk, Yuliana ; Rauschmayer, Felix
ErschienenLeipzig : Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, 2011
UmfangOnline-Ressource (PDF-Datei: 22 S., 0,35 MB) : graph. Darst.
SerieUFZ-Diskussionspapiere ; 6/2011
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Conceptual discussions on the impacts of ecosystem services (ESS) on human well-being have largely been boiled down to limits and applications of their monetisation. Therefore in practice the use of the ESS concept has been to a large extent boiled down to payment-for-ecosystem-services schemes. In this paper we argue that the human well-being dimension of the ESS concept has to be revisited since it is more diverse than the widely cited notion of "benefits" (MA 2005). To tackle this issue we examine the ESS concept through the lens of the capability approach which offers a pluralistic framework for well-being as an alternative to mainstream utilitarian or monetary perspectives. We argue that ESS can effectively be viewed as contributing - in different ways - to people's multidimensional capability sets i.e. their freedoms to lead a life they have reason to value. Such a view allows us to go beyond currently prevailing utilitarianism in analysing effects of ecosystems on human well-being thus contributing with a new perspective to the current discourse on the use of the ESS concept.