Capabilities as justice: Analysing the acceptability of payments for ecosystem services (PES) through 'social multi-criteria evaluation'

Vijay Kolinjivadi, Gonzalo Gamboa, Jan Adamowski, Nicolás Kosoy

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Abstract

© 2015 Elsevier B.V.. 'Payments for ecosystem services' (PES) is rapidly becoming a popular governance intervention within natural resource management to align land-use stewardship to conserve critical ecosystem services while simultaneously improving human well-being through the provision of incentives. This paper introduces two novel components for refining the legitimacy of PES in water resource management. Firstly, we broaden consideration of human well-being in PES beyond income effects by considering justice as the freedom or capability to 'do and be' whatever is desired. Secondly, this paper applies social multi-criteria evaluation as a decision-support framework to determine the acceptability and payment vehicle of PES within a set of alternative policy considerations for a complex ecosystem management decision. Through both technical and social evaluations of different management options against a set of criteria, we highlight the legitimacy that different PES designs may have for improving water quality and capabilities for well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-113
JournalEcological Economics
Volume118
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • Capabilities approach
  • PES
  • Social multi-criteria evaluation
  • Water resources management

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