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Environmental Justice Challengers for Ecosystem Service Valuation
Weber, M. Environmental Justice Challengers for Ecosystem Service Valuation. Chapter 0, Building a green economy. Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, MI, , 135-148, (2013).
In pursuing improved ecosystem services management, there is also an opportunity to work towards environmental justice. The practice of environmental valuation can assist with both goals, but as typically employed obscures distributional analysis. Furthermore, valuation techniques may provide misleading or flawed information for weighing outcomes across groups. Pitfalls, solutions, and research needs are summarized at the nexus of valuation and environmental justice.
This paper describes environmental justice concerns associated with pursuing ecosystem service valuation. These concerns are worth emphasizing as multiple government agencies begin incorporating more social science into natural resource research and management. Consideration of environmental justice is an Executive Order, and can be incorporated into natural resource management alongside economic efficiency.
Record Details:Record Type: DOCUMENT (BOOK CHAPTER)
Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB
WESTERN ECOLOGY DIVISION
FRESHWATER ECOLOGY BRANCH