A mismatch of community attitudes and actions: a study of koalas

Shumway, Nicole, Seabrook, Leonie, McAlpine, Clive and Ward, Patrick (2014) A mismatch of community attitudes and actions: a study of koalas. Landscape and Urban Planning, 126 42-52. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.03.004

Author Shumway, Nicole
Seabrook, Leonie
McAlpine, Clive
Ward, Patrick
Title A mismatch of community attitudes and actions: a study of koalas
Journal name Landscape and Urban Planning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0169-2046
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.03.004
Open Access Status
Volume 126
Start page 42
End page 52
Total pages 11
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 2303 Ecology
2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Abstract Many wildlife populations, particularly in urban areas, are in decline. This is in part due to a disconnection between the lives of urban residents and native wildlife. The reconnection of social and ecological systems by understanding the linkages between people's attitudes and conservation behavior will help improve conservation outcomes. This study investigated the attitudes of local communities toward koala populations and sustainable wildlife conservation in southeast Queensland, Australia. Data was collected using a questionnaire in face-to-face surveys (n = 102). Principal Component Analysis was used to quantify attitude and action statements into key components. Further analysis of demographics and knowledge of koalas was performed using analysis of variance and regression analysis. Results suggested that residents' attitude toward koala conservation was strongly correlated with their home's proximity to relatively intact habitat. Residents living in peri-urban areas were significantly more likely than suburban residents to have a positive attitude toward koala conservation, and be willing to participate in actions to conserve koalas, such as traffic calming measures, community conservation schemes and support for council-led conservation actions. These results highlight the importance of understanding variations in community behavior toward biodiversity conservation in urban and peri-urban neighborhoods and suggest that local governments and conservation groups use area of residence to target urban planning and conservation initiatives more effectively.
Keyword Human dimensions of wildlife
Human-wildlife conflict
Phascolarctos cinereus
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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