Nature's disvalues: what are they and why do they matter?

Bosco Lliso, Dominic Lenzi, Barbara Muraca, Kai MA Chan, Unai Pascual

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This paper expands the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) values framing about nature and its contributions to people by exploring the notion of ‘disvalues’, which pertains to aspects of nature that reduce well being (instrumental disvalues), relationships that are detrimental to a dignified and flourishing life (relational disvalues), or the perception of badness in an absolute sense, regardless of the impact on people (intrinsic disvalues). Shedding light on how people express disvalues helps to better capture their preferences and subjective perspectives, as well as account for the socioenvironmental positions from which they speak. Considering the full spectrum of disvalues opens up new ways to better identify social–ecological trade-offs, a necessary step for seeking solutions and finding common ground on sustainability and justice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101173
JournalCurrent opinion in environmental sustainability
Early online date13 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


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