An inclusive typology of values for navigating transformations towards a just and sustainable future

Christopher M. Raymond, Christopher B. Anderson, Simone Athayde, Arild Vatn, Ariane M. Amin, Paola Arias-Arévalo, Michael Christie, Mariana Cantú-Fernández, Rachelle K. Gould, Austin Himes, Jasper O. Kenter, Dominic Lenzi, Barbara Muraca, Ranjini Murali, Sebastian O'Connor, Unai Pascual, Sonya Sachdeva, Aibek Samakov, Eglee Zent

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Achieving the intertwined goals of justice and sustainability requires transformative changes to meaningfully engage diverse perspectives. Therefore, scholars and policymakers need new ways of recognising and addressing nature's multiple values across cultures, disciplines and other knowledge traditions. By reviewing academic publications, policy documents and Indigenous and local community sources, we developed an inclusive typology of nature's values to clarify value concepts and guide their consideration in decisions. Through case studies, we illustrate how navigating ‘horizontal’ and ‘vertical’ interactions within and across this typology can help confront plural-value challenges, such as enhancing inclusive participation in environmental research and practice, and effective management of socio-environmental conflicts. We conclude by exploring how this typology of values can further leverage transformative change in other decision-making contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101301
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Early online date19 Sept 2023
Publication statusPrint publication - Oct 2023

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Funding Information:
We are grateful to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Bonn, whose 139-member states commissioned the Values Assessment and approved its Summary for Policymakers. We are also deeply grateful for the contributions to Chapter 2’s reviewer editor: Kai Chan, the graphics editing expertise of Yuka Estrada and the contributing authors who provided specific input to the full Chapter 2 report. The authors received no specific funding for this work; all authors involved in IPBES do so on a voluntary basis. The IPBES Values Assessment was made possible thanks to many generous contributions, including non-earmarked contributions to the IPBES trust fund from governments. All donors are listed on the IPBES website:

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