Sense of place: A tool to assist the meaningful engagement of communities in protected area management

Axford, J. and Hockings, M. T. (2005). Sense of place: A tool to assist the meaningful engagement of communities in protected area management. In: Dave Gardiner and Katie Scott, Proceedings of International Conference on Engaging Communities. International Conference on Engaging Communities, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (1-17). 14-17 August 2005.

Author Axford, J.
Hockings, M. T.
Title of paper Sense of place: A tool to assist the meaningful engagement of communities in protected area management
Conference name International Conference on Engaging Communities
Conference location Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 14-17 August 2005
Proceedings title Proceedings of International Conference on Engaging Communities
Place of Publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher Queensland Department of Main Roads
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 1920719032
Editor Dave Gardiner
Katie Scott
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This study used ‘sense of place’ as a research tool to help understand the relationship between a community and their local protected area, Brisbane Forest Park. To establish an indication of the community’s relative degree of sense of place, we considered and measured both the strength (intensity) and orientation (focus) of sense of place. We developed a new method to measure sense of place that considers and measures the elements constituting sense of place, independent of one another, utilising qualitative data collected in in-depth semi-structured interviews. Exploring both the strength and orientation of an individual's sense of place provides a way of exploring the desired nature of community involvement in the management of the Park. It was found that the stronger an individuals’ sense of place, the greater their place dependence and commitment, and the greater their desire to be involved in management. Analysing the strength and orientation of sense of place illustrated that there is a high degree of diversity in how individuals perceive and feel about area, and their desire to be involved in management. The type of information obtained in this study is important and useful to the management agencies if they are to successfully engage the community in meaningful ways.
Subjects E1
300902 Land and Parks Management
769999 Other Environmental aspects
Keyword Sense of place
Measurement
Community
Protected area
Brisbane Forest Park
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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