Cross-cultural values and management preferences in protected areas of Norway and Poland

Brown, Greg, Hausner, Vera Helene, Grodzinska-Jurczak, Malgorzata, Pietrzyk-Kaszynska, Agata, Olszanska, Agnieszka, Peek, Barbara, Rechcinski, Marcin and Laegreid, Eiliv (2015) Cross-cultural values and management preferences in protected areas of Norway and Poland. Journal for Nature Conservation, 28 89-104. doi:10.1016/j.jnc.2015.09.006

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Author Brown, Greg
Hausner, Vera Helene
Grodzinska-Jurczak, Malgorzata
Pietrzyk-Kaszynska, Agata
Olszanska, Agnieszka
Peek, Barbara
Rechcinski, Marcin
Laegreid, Eiliv
Title Cross-cultural values and management preferences in protected areas of Norway and Poland
Journal name Journal for Nature Conservation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1617-1381
Publication date 2015-11-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jnc.2015.09.006
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 28
Start page 89
End page 104
Total pages 16
Place of publication Muenchen, Germany
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 2303 Ecology
2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
Abstract Protected areas provide important ecosystem services globally but few studies have examined how cultural differences influence the distribution of cultural ecosystem values and management preferences. We used internet-based public participation GIS (PPGIS) in the countries of Norway and Poland to identify ecosystem values and management preferences in protected areas held by regional residents and site users. We found significant differences in the type and quantity of ecosystem values with Norwegians mapping more values relating to use of resources (e.g., hunting/fishing, gathering) and Polish respondents mapping more environmental values such as scenery, biological diversity, and water quality. With respect to management preferences, Norwegians identified more preferences for resource utilization while Polish respondents identified more preferences for conservation. Norwegian respondents were more satisfied with protected area management and local participation which can be explained by historical, legal, and cultural differences between the two countries. For Norway, biodiversity conservation in protected areas will continue to be guided by sustainable use of protected areas, rather than strict nature protection, with management favoring local board control and active public participation. For Poland, change in protected area management to enhance biodiversity conservation is less certain, driven by national environmental values that conflict with local values and preferences, continuing distrust in government, and low levels of civic participation. Differential efficacy in PPGIS methods – Norway with greater participation from household sampling and Poland with greater response using social media – suggest different strategies will be required for effective public engagement in protected area planning and management.
Keyword Cross-cultural
Ecosystem values
Protected areas
Public participation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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