Rethinking Relational Values and Nature: Implications for Science and Policy
IPBES – the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – acts as the mechanism to bear the findings of scientific research and other relevant knowledge on biodiversity and its contribution to human well-being to bear the needs of policymakers. The Platform also aims to build capacity for assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services in all regions of the world. UNESCO is the institutional co-sponsor of IPBES, together with UNEP, FAO and UNDP.
In the framework of the implementation of the IPBES Work Programme 2014-2018, UNESCO will organize an expert workshop on diverse conceptualization of values of biodiversity and nature’s benefits to people including ecosystem services, with a focus on relational values, which bridge economic and non-economic approaches to the valuation of biodiversity and the benefits provided by nature. This workshop, co-organized with the Basque Center for Climate Change, will benefit from a host of multidisciplinary experts from all regions of the world. Its outcomes will provide an important input for IPBES and the broader community of scientists, conservation practitioners and decision makers, via a robust conceptual understanding and practical guide on relational values for the maintenance of biodiversity-dependent benefits and for well-being.