Trade-off decisions in ecosystem management for poverty alleviation

Schaafsma, Marije, Eigenbrod, Felix, Gasparatos, Alexandros, Gross-Camp, Nicole, Hutton, Craig, Nunan, Fiona, Schreckenberg, Kate and Turner, Kerry (2021) Trade-off decisions in ecosystem management for poverty alleviation. Ecological Economics, 187. ISSN 0921-8009

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Abstract

The academic literature on trade-offs in ecosystem management has paid relatively little attention to justice and poverty reduction objectives. The aim of this paper is to highlight the multiple dimensions of trade-offs in ecosystem services management for poverty alleviation, and to support decision-makers in planning for the almost inevitable trade-offs arising from environmental interventions. The paper brings together different dimensions or lenses through which to analyse trade-offs in ecosystem management for poverty alleviation in a low-income country context. Following a literature review of trade-off decisions, the paper introduces the Balance Sheets Approach to structure trade-off analysis and appraise decisions. We apply the Balance Sheets Approach to analyse five case studies set in very different social-ecological systems where trade-offs were pertinent and undermined poverty alleviation. We show how the combination of ‘positive’ approaches, often used at strategic level, with ‘value’ approaches which analyse multiple values, multi-scale governance, power and capacity, is necessary to analyse complex trade-offs. Based on the case studies we identify four lessons for future trade-off analysis in the context of ecosystem management for poverty alleviation in low-income settings.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Date Deposited: 26 May 2021 00:11
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2021 00:08
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80102
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2021.107103

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