Payment for ‘ecosystem services’ and the ‘green economy’: green-washing or something new?
Using an ecofeminist critical analysis, this paper examines the extent to which two forest-related payments for ‘ecosystem services’ (PES) schemes maintain a mainstream anti-nature and exploitative conceptualisation of human/nature relationships. It does so by integrating various ecofeminist themes to analyse the two PES schemes and to assess the extent to which they can protect women and nature while marketising and commodifying the environment. The author examines the justifications for integrating PES into a green economy, including the proposed benefits resulting from the implementation of PES, and safeguards ensuring the inclusion and participation of local communities. The author concludes that an ecofeminist examination highlights the inherently exploitative nature of PES and its continuation of the currently exploitative free market paradigm.
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Citation : Wilkinson, K. (2014) Payment for “ecosystem services” and the “green economy”: Green-washing or something new? Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, 5 (2), pp. 168–191
Peer Reviewed : Yes
- Department of Law