OPERAs webinar 3 question by Julia Baker

Any thoughts or comments in the cultural values of biodiversity in terms of including a non-monetary value in decision making?


Ariane Walz: How do you link to decision making? This depends a bit on the format. I think the format is very important. Whether you really want to know about the values and understand how many people hold value and what their preferences are. If you want to look at it from a more, almost, democratic perspective, so if many people opt for one option or opt for one very prominent use in the landscape or one very prominent ecosystem service then you would think twice whether you want to really decide against keeping this high valued elements of ecosystem. But I think there is also a very discursive element to social valuation studies which you cannot capture by surveys, that we can achieve by having more interactive formats like workshops, citizen juries, really getting in discourse with at least part of the population and really try to elaborate decisions that are acceptable for affected people too for instance.

Posted on: 3 Oct 2017 - 12:01

Craig Bullock: I agree. I could add that evidence from workshops of representative stakeholders, where these have been well managed and well-recorded will certainly help. However, participatory mapping is a useful tool if the question has a spatial dimension. Multi-criteria analysis could also accommodate cultural values.

Posted on: 3 Oct 2017 - 12:01