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Local attitudes on protected areas: evidence from three Natura 2000 wetland sites in Greece

Dimitrakopoulos, Panayiotis G.; Jones, Nikoleta; Iosifides, Theodoros; Florokapi, Ioanna; Lasda, Ourania; Paliouras, Foivos and Evangelinos, Konstantinos I. (2010). Local attitudes on protected areas: evidence from three Natura 2000 wetland sites in Greece. Journal of Environmental Management, 91(9) pp. 1847–1854.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.04.010
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Abstract

Environmental policies aimed at the conservation of protected areas are significantly influenced by social factors revealing the importance of investigating local knowledge and perceptions during their planning and implementation. The present article aims to explore perceptions and awareness of citizens in three protected areas of Greece: The National Park of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, the Wetland of Kalloni, and Lake Tavropou. The survey explores perceptions of individuals on environmental issues and alternative management scenarios referring to management actors, funding sources, and management schemes for the conservation of biodiversity. Differences between the three research areas are also explored. According to the results of the study, citizens are in general supportive of protected areas and present relatively high levels of knowledge of environmental issues. However, environmental awareness is not accompanied by active participation for the resolution of environmental problems. By exploring differences between the three research areas, it is revealed that the provision of information significantly influences individuals’ perceptions on relevant issues. Also, a significant finding of the study is that citizens are supportive of some forms of participatory management. It is essential, to encourage public participation and deliberation in order to promote their sustainable management.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 1095-8630
Keywords: local population; perceptions; protected areas management
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 38438
Depositing User: Nikoleta Jones
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2013 09:27
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:45
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/38438
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