Towards an empirical analysis of justice in ecosystem governance

Sikor, Thomas, Martin, Adrian, Fisher, Janet and He, Jun (2014) Towards an empirical analysis of justice in ecosystem governance. Conservation Letters, 7 (6). pp. 524-532. ISSN 1755-263X

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Abstract

The 2010 Nagoya Protocol under the Convention on Biological Diversity and recent changes in the policies of major international conservation organizations highlight current interest in revisiting the moral case for conservation. Concerns with equity and human rights challenge well-established notions of justice centered on human responsibility toward nature, the common good or the rights of future generations. This review introduces an empirical approach to the analysis of justice and shows how conservation scientists can apply it to ecosystem services-based governance (or in short, ecosystem governance). It identifies dominant notions of justice and points out their compatibility with utilitarian theories of justice. It then discusses the limited appropriateness of these notions in many contexts in which conservation takes place in the Global South and explores how technical components of ecosystem governance influence the realization of the notions in practice. The review highlights the need for conservation scientists and managers to analyze the justice of ecosystem governance in addition to their effectiveness and efficiency. Justice offers a more encompassing perspective than equity for the empirical analysis of conservation governance.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ©2014 The Authors Conservation Letters published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Society for Conservation Biology This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ecosystem services,governance,justice,payments for ecosystem services,reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (redd+),equity
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2015 00:01
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2020 00:13
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/52932
DOI: 10.1111/conl.12142

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