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Reclaiming economics for all people everywhere, nature, other species, the planet and its systems
Values, Valuation and Valuing
Call for Book Papers and Chapters
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Our economy is still failing to reflect its dependency on the natural world. There is a debate to be had about the relative importance of values, valuation and valuing. Are they mutually exclusive or mutually dependent on each other?
How do we decide if compromising our values will help us in the short term or if it will harm us in the short or longer term? Is a short term fix- such as chucking our plastic rubbish into the sea- going to starve the eco system of our children in the medium term and drain the sea of fish by 2050. Is this really a good economic pay off- or value ? or is it just plain daft? Is it ok to use a mobile phone when we know that the people who made it are driven to suicide by the conditions they are forced to work in or children enslaved in mines or in the military in Africa to mine the raw materials. Do we really care? And if we do as we say we do – how do we put a value on these things that reflects our values. Why have these three important concepts got so screwed up as to have become completely separated from each other and allowed us to have a double think which is self contradictory? Who benefits from such thought patterns and such economics calculations? Is it really worth it just to keep the status quo or is it time to allow a paradigm shift which takes these things into account and allows us to plan for human and other species survivability. If so how do we do it and what valuation methods are we really happy with and which ones work and on what terms?
These are the sorts of questions this book will seek to address. What indeed do these terms really mean? Today. When the words were created and do they have different implications in other communities and other languages? We are asking our authors to think about this and discuss what they think the terms mean and how to use them and what cultural significance do they have for them?as people, as people aware of green issues and as citizens and as authors of their text. What would the implications be of different uses of these terms and how would they differ?
Sections of the Book
- Values- what do we mean ?
- Financial, economic and investment valuation ? what do they mean and how do we tame them?
- Property and ownership, land and land grab –what does value mean and what values do we need to bring?
- Valuation – What are the range of options and what are the needs we have of valuation for survivability and how does that compare to what is currently in use? What innovations have emerged recently?
- Valuing- what should we value- what is the role of valuing, do different people have different values? At different times in their lives? How do we reconcile this?
- Valuing survivability
- Valuing Nature,
- Valuing climate change
- Project valuation
- What is the role of the Commons, and global commons, what is really ours to value?
- Can Indigenous values help us make better decisions? What is behind human decision making, what is the psychology of decision making? Can there be universal values, valuation and valuing?
- Contingent valuation, willingness to pay, cost benefit analysis, the discount rate, Return on Capital Invested etc- do they help us decide on a better future? Or do we need more sophisticated tools and instruments?
- Valuing the earth, valuing space- how far do humans have the right to carve up space and litter space, asteroids and other planets, as well as the deep sea and melting the ice cover?
- Values- how to develop green values : what really counts
- Gender valuation and values
- Equality and fairness
- Values, valuation and Valuing in the 21st century
- Values valuation and valuing – our legacy in the 22nd
There is a need to re-value our natural system in terms of its ecosystem services provided to society, economy, and culture. The traditional style of protecting the natural world for its own sake has failed to stop habitat destruction and biodiversity loss. There is a trend to recognize that ecosystem services bring a variety of benefits, creating new opportunities for local communities and redirecting investments to conserve the natural world and its ecosystem functionings.
A move from business-as-usual economy to a green economy calls for redefining the role, objectives and resilience of our economic system. One suggestion was to incorporate into the economy the value of ecosystem services. But does this ideas merely treat the symptoms and take nature’s services for granted? How do we overcome the challenges to move to a low-carbon economy, promoting environmental protection and equality? Or should we understand the intrinsic value of nature and preserve it for its own sake?
One way of humanity moving towards a green economy would be increased regulation and command-and-control measures. Another driving destination to a low-carbon economy would be to use market signals to show the availability (or scarcity) of natural resources and its ecosystem services. Many individuals place faith in market instruments and voluntary approaches. Would it be possible for the financial and business world to take a more long-term approach to return on investments? Could economic valuation of ecosystem services assist in developing policies to motivate businesses to internalize their negative impacts on the provision of environmental services?
The Green Economics Institute thinks there are four main approaches, life style changes, market approaches, regulation and technical fixes to the problems of today, we will probably need a mix of all four- but how will this work?
This book will analyze the anthropocentric and ecocentric approaches, raising questions about the benefits and shortcomings of economic valuation of ecosystem services, and its ability to incorporate the value of nature into mainstream decision making for new projects, policies and businesses.
This book will bring together all views for considering economic, social and ecological issues, pro and against valuing ecosystem services, using regulation and payment for environmental services (PES) to manage nature, create jobs and improve livelihoods, especially of the poorest. We are especially keen in articles that analysis cross-cutting issues relating to values and ethics, valuing ecosystem services, promoting women’s and girls’ rights, adapting to climate change negative impacts, decreasing illegal logging and illegal trade of wildlife.
We are looking for book chapters that represent the voices and experiences of values, ethics and economic valuation, written by people on the ground, and their perspective of which theories, methods, narratives, policies, instruments and methodologies are more helpful to protect their environment and livelihoods.
We would like to include illustrated chapters with case studies of payment for environmental services or any other green initiatives that while conserving the environment, address the causes of poverty and social exclusion. We will be delighted to hear about how such initiatives impact institutional and governance structures to respond to environmental degradation and poverty alleviation. We are also very keen in selecting chapters that highlight public policy that paves the ground for governments, private and civil society to promote green ideas.
- Values and ethics: What are the ethical principles and values regarding environmental conservation and human well-being? Should they be measured? Why would we put a monetary value on nature? Should the intrinsic value of nature suffice to promote its protection? Could values and ethic help conserving the natural world and manage its ecosystem functionings? Is the anthropocentric value perspective useful for reducing environmental degradation and enhancing people’s livelihoods? Or does the anthropocentric value approach obscure nature’s true value and increase the risks faced by the natural world? What are the collective values of ecosystem services? How could collective values be recognized as shared values by individuals and social groups relating to their interactions with the natural world?
- Valuation and quantitative information in economics and sustainability: What are ecosystem services? What are the theoretical narratives for valuing ecosystem services for human well-being? How could ecosystem services be measured? What are the economic methodologies (direct and indirect methods, contingent valuation, travel cost, taxes, permits) to measure ecosystem services? Are these methodologies valid, reliable or relevant? What are the strengthens and weaknesses of such methodologies? Do we need more theories and methods to explore more deeply the concepts of cognitive processes, rationality and nature of preferences and choice for ecosystem services to human well-being? Could economic valuation of ecosystem services assist in decision making that promotes environmental conservation and poverty alleviation? What are the impacts of ecosystem services in local rural community livelihoods? What are the gender issues related to economic valuation of ecosystem services? What are the benefits and damages of putting economic value to environmental services? What are the shortcomings and benefits of payment for environmental services (PES) to e.g reduce deforestation in developing countries (REDD mechanism) and protect watersheds around the world (e.g. Costa Rica, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Viet Nan)? Could the PES help protecting endangered species and marine conservation areas?
- Valuing the natural world: What are the effects of valuing the natural world? Could valuing exercises assist decision makers to consider the loss of ecosystem services when deciding whether or not to carry out developing projects? Would valuing help identifying and applying management policies of the natural world? What are the risks of progressive “privatization” and “commodification” of nature when using valuing instruments? Is nature services taken for granted and that reduces environmental conservation?
Who are we?
The Green Economics Institute is very active in spreading the concept of green economics around the world. We are keen in hearing voices from all walks of life that will serve as an inspiration, developing and implementing environmental and economic policies, assisting campaigning, advocacy and academic movements. Our Green Economics Institute Publishing House has published over 50 books, and 30 academic proceedings volumes as well as many other pieces of writing and other publications around the world in many different languages and communities.
We are very pleased to invite you to participate in this important analytical and exploratory project. www.greeneconomicsinstitutetrust.org and www.greeneconomics.org.uk. Our academic Journal The International Journal of Green Economics is now in its 12th year. www.inderscience.com/ijge.
What are the requirements for a chapter?
We especially welcome contributions from new writers and new ideas as well as from more experienced and or mid career writers. Chapters can be from 800 to 4000 words.. The book will reflect the views (in simple or more complex writings) of practitioners, academics, gender, institutional, research, political, NGOs, governmental, campaigning and institutional or historical or archaeological perspectives. We believe that such a mix of styles, registers and experiences makes a book much more exciting to read.
Please ensure you give citations for any items you have not written yourself and photos must all be attributed to the person who took them. References must be Harvard style and we do not accept footnotes. Please ask for further information or guidance if you need it. Please ensure you do not infringe anyone else’s copyright.
When and where will the book be launched?
We will launch the book in June 10th 2017 during our 3 day 12th Annual Green Economics Institute Conference, at The University of Oxford . If you are going to submit a chapter, please let us know by emailing GEIBookandjournal@yahoo.co.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will have the first draft ready by Mid May 2017. http://www.greeneconomicsinstitutetrust.org/events/12th-annual-green-economics-institute-conference-oxford-university-june-10th-12th-2017/
We look forward to hearing from you very soon and to your writing for this exciting project. We are very happy to advise you about your possible contribution, so do not hesitate to contact us.
Editors: Miriam Kennet (UK), Karen Windham-Bellord (UK and Brazil), Professor Maria Madi (Brazil and Argentina ) and Koryo Suzuki (Japan)
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