Ecosystem Services and Distributive Justice: Considering Access Rights to Ecosystem Services in Theories of Distributive Justice
Leuphana University - Dept. of Sustainability Sciences
December 1, 2011
Forthcoming in Ethics, Policy & Environment
As the increasing loss of ecosystem services severely affects life perspectives of today’s poor and future persons, governing access to, and use of, ecosystem services in an intragenerational and intergenerational just way is an urgent issue. Therefore, I argue that theories of distributive justice should consider the distribution of access rights to ecosystem services. I work out three specific demands that a theory of distributive justice should fulfill to adequately cope with the distribution of access rights to ecosystem services, and show that Rawls’ “A Theory of Justice” (1971) can be consistently extended to meet the identified demands.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26
Keywords: ecosystem services, distributive justice, environmental justice, global justice, intergenerational justice
JEL Classification: Q56, Q57, Q19Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 15, 2011 ; Last revised: July 2, 2012
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