Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services


In the relationship between biodiversity and cultural ecosystem services, biodiversity enables the provision of “cultural ecosystem services” which are beneficial for human use and culture and its institutions provide a social lens through which ecosystem services are perceived and valued.

The article explores the linkages between biodiversity and cultural ecosystem services by describing what types of cultural ecosystem services are provided, explaining how culture shapes the way nature is perceived and valued and how these values are expressed. The particular role which languages of valuation, value articulating institutions, and institutions of sustainability (IoS) play within cultures are analyzed.

This article was originally published in the Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, second edition, 2013, Pages 332–340.

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