Understanding the multiple values associated with sustainable use in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS)

Volume 5

In this volume, we seek to contribute to the understanding of how different kinds of values, which have been called “multiple values of nature”, are provided and maintained through sustainable use of biodiversity in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) management. Included here are case studies that demonstrate how integrated and holistic approaches to SEPLS management can provide intrinsic, instrumental, and relational values to bring about economic, social/cultural and ecological sustainability for both biodiversity and people. The volume contributes to the pool of knowledge that will be relevant for IPBES' ongoing 'Methodological assessment regarding the diverse conceptualization of multiple values of nature and its contributions, including biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services' hereinafter referred to as the 'Values Assessment'. The Values Assessment, based on the decision approved by IPBES plenary in March 2018, is a three-year global critical evaluation of the state of knowledge regarding the multiple values of nature by independent global experts interacting with government representatives and other stakeholders.