Insight #2: David Abson on ecosystem services

This ‘Insight’ episode is taken from episode 005 of the podcast with David Abson.

In this short segment, Dave discusses economic valuation of the ecosystem services concept, governance in ecosystem service frameworks and the challenge with operationalizing them. 

Dave holds a Professorship for Sustainability Economics and Assessment at Leuphana University in Germany. Dave explains the path that led him to academia, and then we discuss his understanding of sustainability premised on justice. The concept of land sparing vs land sharing is discussed as well as the ecosystem services concept, including its operationalization and dimensions of governance. Dave also explains the leverage points concept, and its usefulness for sustainability science research. We touch on numerous other topics including open access publishing and how he thinks about interdisciplinarity.

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