Ecosystem services and distributive justice. Considering access rights to ecosystem services in theories of distributive justice

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As the increasing loss of ecosystem services severely affects life perspectives of today’s poor and future populations, governing access to, and use of, ecosystem services in an intragenerational and intergenerational just way is an urgent issue. The author argues that theories of distributive justice should consider the distribution of access rights to ecosystem services. 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
Original languageEnglish
JournalEthics, Policy & Environment
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)162-176
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2013