Public attitudes toward restoration of impaired river ecosystems: does residents' attachment to place matter?

Alam, Khorshed (2011) Public attitudes toward restoration of impaired river ecosystems: does residents' attachment to place matter? Urban Ecosystems, 14 (4). pp. 635-653. ISSN 1083-8155

Abstract

Current knowledge about the nature and the degree of support for ecosystem restoration among residents is limited because of a lack of understanding of public attitudes and perceptions toward natural resources. Public perceptions are critical in designing and implementing any ecosystem restoration program. This study explores the relationship between public attitudes and ecosystem restoration, with a specific focus on identifying the role of place attachment in public attitudes. Using the Buriganga River of Dhaka City as a case study, the relationship between residents’ attitude towards river ecosystem restoration and the effects of various domains of place attachment on their willingness to engage in its protection and restoration are examined. This study has found that residents’ attitudes toward ecosystem restoration do vary with regard to particular measures of proximity to resources, their length of residence in the area and their depth of experience with the place. The findings of this study are useful for targeting education and awareness programs, setting priorities and in shaping policies for restoring degraded waterways.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher's copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: Dr Khorshed Alam
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2011 04:44
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2014 04:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: Buriganga River; Dhaka City; place attachment; river ecosystem restoration; sense of place
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
14 Economics > 1499 Other Economics > 149902 Ecological Economics
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960511 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Urban and Industrial Environments
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9612 Rehabilitation of Degraded Environments > 961204 Rehabilitation of Degraded Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1007/s11252-011-0176-5
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20329

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