Exploring motivations for volunteers in nature conservation to inform local policies

Marango, Susan and Bosworth, Gary and Curry, Nigel (2015) Exploring motivations for volunteers in nature conservation to inform local policies. In: The XXV1 European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, 18-21 August 2015, Aberdeen.

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Abstract

Nature conservation at a local level is characterised by high involvement from volunteers. Meanwhile, the recognition of their potential and capability to use local knowledge to inform nature conservation policies and actions is lacking. In this paper we explore their motivations for participation in nature conservation activities and compare these against the goals of policy initiatives that support local projects. Using four case studies, we apply a neo-endogenous development framework and the principles of sustainable development (SD) to demonstrate the capabilities for local communities to manage their natural resources. The study suggests that a better understanding of the motivations of volunteers in nature conservation and the creation of opportunities for them to participate in local policy making would positively influence local planing policies.

Additional Information:Conference subtitle: Places of possibility? Rural societies in a neoliberal world
Keywords:local community, local planning policies, nature conservation, sustainable development, JCOpen
Subjects:L Social studies > L217 Environmentalism
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:22406
Deposited On:04 Mar 2016 09:01

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