Plural Valuation as a Tool for Transformative Change – Combining Insights from Ten Case Studies


From climate change to biodiversity loss – the world is facing complex social-ecological problems. In order to address unsustainable trajectories and social inequalities, fundamental changes at system level are required. Here, recognising people’s diverse values of and about nature and integrating plural knowledges into decision making and actions can facilitate transformative change. An approach called plural valuation constitutes one way to elicit diverse values of stakeholders and transform gained insights into consequent action. In their recent study, Zafra-Calvo et al. (2020) analyze multiple case studies to explore how different social-ecological contexts play a role in translating plural valuation into decisions and outcomes.

Plural valuation of nature is emerging from the interplay of different research traditions and aims to make the diversity of values people hold of and about nature visible by using a wide range of tools. The final goal of this process is to find solutions geared towards achieving…

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