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Vast scientific literature is available on the diverse values of nature, including different value types such as intrinsic, relational and instrumental values (see the ongoing discussion about scientific papers . A wide range of valuation tools is used to grasp these values from a scientific perspective - recent developments focus especially on integrated approaches, i.e. methods that are able to bridge the different value types. How diverse values of nature are perceived by citizens and how these values enter their everyday decisions is a much less frequently addressed topic.

The next EKLIPSE science café aims to create a dialogue between scientists, citizens and stakeholders about the diverse values of nature. The event will be organized on the 11th of September, starting from 5.30 pm in the downtown of Budapest. The relaxed athmosphere and the great coffee is provided by Mantra Specialty Coffee Bar - in the very heart of city (Veres Pálné utca 17.).

Follow our facebook event for regular updates, join the dialogue, or just pop in for a good coffee if you are in Budapest and speak Hungarian. Do not speak the language? Don't worry, key messages will be summed up and shared online in a short video with English subtitles, right after the event. 

 

Last edited: 12.09.2017 08:22 (GMT) - by Eszter Kelemen

Member: Eszter Kelemen

Date: 07.09.2017 13:08 (GMT)

Please let us introduce you the speakers of the first Hungarian EKLIPSE science café - Dr. Judit Farkas, Dr. Anikó Kovács-Hostányszki and Dr. Zoltán Szabó. Judit Farkas is an antropologist, working at the University of Pécs. Her main research field is the ecovillage movement. During the science café she will share with us how ecovillagers perceive nature, what values they attribute to it, and whether these values are individual or culturally shared ones. Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszki is ecologist, working at the Centre for Ecological Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has expertise in ecosystem services and pollination in particular. She was coordinating lead author at the IPBES pollination assessment. She will show us how ecosystem services contribute to well-being, and how diverse values can be linked to these services. Last but not least, Zoltán Szabó is an environmental economist, currently working as an independent sustainability consultant, dealing with bioenergy, climate adaptation, sustainable transportation, and biodiversity and agricultural policy. He has worked in the state, private and civil sector as well. Based on this broad experience he will share his views on how economics handles the diverse values of nature, and how the economic values of nature can be taken up by policy.

Member: Eszter Kelemen

Date: 12.09.2017 08:21 (GMT)

Yesterday we had a great discussion with Judit, Anikó and Zoltán about the diverse values of nature - thanks everyone for coming and asking exciting questions from us! Key topics addressed included the very dependence of humans on ecosystem services, the limitations and promises of monetary valuation, the spiritual and cultural values attributed to nature by different social groups, the potential of different instruments (i.e. prices, education...) to raise awareness of people and politicians, among others... Looking forward to continue the discussion on the 29th of September.

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