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Title: Local communities responding to ecological challenges-a psycho-social approach to the Natura 2000 Network
Authors: Mouro, C.
Castro, P.
Keywords: Community involvement
Place identity
Conservation practices
Vested interest
Process evaluation
Institutional trust
Rural communities
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Wiley
Abstract: The institutionalization of biodiversity conservation through legal instruments has led to mixed reactions at both the individual and community levels, with conflict and resistance co-existing with support. The overall purpose of this paper is to describe how rural communities living in areas included in the Natura 2000 Network of protected sites, where local practices of land use are regulated by new legal directives, receive biodiversity conservation goals. Previous studies Suggest that this reception is strongly shaped by place identification, but their contradictory results demand further clarification. This study examines the role of psycho-social variables identified by previous studies as potentially relevant moderators of identification: (a) Vested interest in natural resources, (b) evaluation of the designation process of protected areas and (c) institutional trust. It further extends previous research by analysing the support given to contextually relevant ecological practices. Results reveal a positive link between place identification and attitudes in the high vested interest condition and show that support for conservation practices is better predicted in the high vested interest and low trust conditions. The discussion focuses on the relevance of analysing contextually relevant psycho-social moderators when attempting to understand how local communities' relation with biodiversity conservation is affected by legislative innovation.
Description: WOS:000275581100005 (Nº de Acesso Web of Science)
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1002/casp.1025
ISSN: 1052-9284
Publisher version: The definitive version is available at:
Appears in Collections:CIS-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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