United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
Sara Nelson, Becky Chaplin-Kramer, and Leah Bremer
IPBES is an intergovernmental science-policy platform with 136 member states. The Values Assessment aims to advance the methodological tools and knowledge base for incorporating diverse values of nature into decision-making. It aims to extend beyond economistic approaches, recognizing that “Valuation,” if carried out in a context-sensitive way, can be a significant resource for a range of decision makers, including Governments, civil society organizations, indigenous peoples and local communities, managers of terrestrial and marine ecosystems and the private sector, in making informed decisions. The scope of the Values Assessment was approved by the IPBES Plenary in 2018 and the assessment is scheduled to be finalized in 2022. I am a collaborating author on chapter 4 which examines how diverse values of nature have (or have not) been included in particular decision contexts (protected areas, PES, large development projects, and sustainable certification schemes), and how value articulation processes influence social and environmental outcomes in these contexts.