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Identifying Difficulties With Cultural Valuation of The Environment


Dr. Kelvin Jian Ming Lee, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore


This paper seeks to identify problems with cultural valuation of the environment. Global importance has been given to cultural valuation as an important policy consideration as recognized in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) initiated as early as 2001. Various scholars have emphasized the role of cultural valuation as a counterweight to the utilitarian approaches that tend to dominate the environmental valuation literature. However, cultural valuation continues to face challenges in adoption even today two decades after it was introduced by the United Nations through the MEA. Nevertheless, it is not always clear that critics of cultural valuation have fully understood what cultural valuation is and how it is to be implemented. This paper seeks to provide a more nuanced description of cultural valuation as a field, as well as to identify its criticisms that do not always give an organized treatment of the field. In doing so, this paper hopes to help pave the way forward for improvements to be made to cultural valuation in reality.


environmental valuation, culture, environmental politics, millennium ecosystem assessment, cultural valuation  


Lee, K.J.M. (2021). Identifying Difficulties With Cultural Valuation of The Environment. In R. Thripp & I. Sahin (Eds.), Proceedings of iHSES 2021--International Conference on Humanities, Social and Education Sciences (pp. 23-40). Monument, CO, USA: ISTES Organization. Retrieved 05 December 2021 from


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