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
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Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1007/s11252-011-0176-5
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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