Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 19 (1):101-113 (2016)

Simon Paul James
Durham University
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.
Keywords Duty  Ecosystem services  Environmental ethics  Place  Value  Justice
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DOI 10.1007/s10677-015-9592-6
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