Beyond ecosystem services : valuing the invaluable

Gunton, RM, van Asperen, E, Basden, A, Bookless, D, Araya, YH, Hanson, DR, Goddard, MA, Otieno, G and Jones, GO 2017, 'Beyond ecosystem services : valuing the invaluable' , Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 32 (4) , pp. 249-257.

PDF - Accepted Version
Download (368kB) | Preview


The ecosystem services framework (ESF) is advantageous and widely used for itemising and quantifying ways in which humans benefit from natural places. However, it suffers from two important problems: (i) incoherence of definitions and (ii) a narrow approach to valuation, inadequate to represent the full range of human motives for conservation and the diverse interests of different stakeholders. These shortcomings can lead to a range of problems including doublecounting, blind spots and unintended consequencest. Here we propose an ecosystem valuing framework (EVF) as a broader and more rigorous way to deliver the benefits currently sought from the ESF, without the conceptual problems.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Publisher: Cell Press (Elsevier)
ISSN: 0169-5347
Related URLs:
Depositing User: A Basden
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 14:27
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 21:41

Actions (login required)

Edit record (repository staff only) Edit record (repository staff only)


Downloads per month over past year