Why should ecosystem services be used for poverty alleviation? Establishing the ethical foundations of ESPA
|Lead PI|| |
Dr Janet Fisher
University of Edinburgh
|Start Date|| |
1 February, 2015
|End Date|| |
19 February, 2017
|Project Code|| |
This research aims to find the answer to a fundamental question: why should ecosystem services (ES) be used for poverty alleviation?
ES do not automatically benefit poor people, but have been demonstrated to accrue to better-off and more powerful actors (Ronnback et al., 2007; Daw et al., 2011), and although many environmental interventions continue to take place in settings characterised by entrenched poverty, its the demand and pressure from the non-poor on ES is predicted to rise in coming decades (Meyfroidt et al., 2013). It is a particularly timely question for the conservation community, because of active debates about the 'new conservation' and the ethical principles underpinning conservation practice (Lalasz et al., 2011; Soule, 2013).
This project has the potential to provide a step-change in how poverty and the governance of ES are conceptualised, and in turn, how related trade-offs (human wellbeing vs. non-human nature; current vs. future generations; the poor vs. the greater good of all humans) may be resolved.
|Dr Janet Fisher||Bolivia; China; Global; Nepal; Uganda|
|Dr Janet Fisher||Lead Principal Investigator||University of Edinburgh||United Kingdom|
|Dr Adrian Martin||Co Investigator||University of East Anglia||United Kingdom|
|Dr Helen Marie Schneider||Co Investigator||Fauna and Flora International||United Kingdom|
|Professor Thomas Sikor||Co Investigator||University of East Anglia||United Kingdom|
|Dr Ruth A Makoff||Researcher Co Investigator||University of East Anglia||United Kingdom|