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Caring for nature matters : a relational approach for understanding natures contributions to human well-being
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Abstract
Ecosystem services frameworks effectively assume that natures contributions to human well-being derive from people receiving benefits from nature. At the same time, efforts (money, time, or energy) for conservation, restoration or stewardship are often considered costs to be minimized. But what if caring for nature is itself an essential component of human well-being? Taking up and developing the concept of relational values, we explore the idea that well-being cannot be reduced to the reception of benefits, and that instead much derives from positive agency including caring for nature. In this paper, we ask specifically, first, how can care be conceptualized with respect to nature, second, how does caring for nature matter both to protecting nature and to peoples well-being, and third, what are the implications for research and practice? We describe the theoretical background, drawing especially from (eco)feminist philosophy, and explore its (mostly) implicit uses in the conservation literature. Based on this analysis we propose a preliminary framework of caring for nature and discuss its potential to enrich the spectrum of moral relations to/with nature. We explore both its consequences for environmental research and for the practice of conservation.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Publication
Oxford : Elsevier sci ltd , 2018
ISSN
1877-3435
Volume/pages
35 (2018) , p. 22-29
ISI
000454018000005
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Creation 26.11.2018
Last edited 20.11.2021
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