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Using insights about key factors impacting 'quality of life' to inform effective on-farm conservation programs: a case study in Northern Australia


Chacon, A and Stoeckl, N and Jarvis, D and Pressey, R, Using insights about key factors impacting 'quality of life' to inform effective on-farm conservation programs: a case study in Northern Australia, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 23, (4) pp. 338-355. ISSN 1448-6563 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1080/14486563.2016.1251345


Conservation of biodiversity is an ongoing challenge. Governments face many constraints when pursuing conservation, one of the most pervasive being limited budgets for buying land for conservation. To achieve conservation goals, an alternative to acquisition is on-farm conservation. Research suggests that the success of on-farm conservation programs depends primarily on land managersí behaviour. In the past, one of the tools used for on-farm conservation has been financial incentives but these may be ineffective if they do not align with the intrinsic motivations of land managers. Our paper seeks to learn more about the intrinsic motivations of land managers by learning more about what contributes to their overall quality of life (life satisfaction). We hypothesize that by understanding the drivers of land managerís subjective assessments of their own life satisfaction we will be able to shed light on the types of incentives that could help promote on-farm conservation. Our analysis highlights that good relationships are the most important contributor to land managersí life satisfaction. We conclude that programs which help maintain good social networks whilst encouraging on-farm conservation are likely to align with intrinsic motivations of land managers and might therefore be more successful in making genuine additional contributions to biodiversity than programs providing only financial incentives.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:on-farm conservation, life satisfaction, social relationships, intrinsic motivators, financial incentives
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Economic development policy
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Macroeconomics
Objective Field:Economic growth
UTAS Author:Stoeckl, N (Professor Natalie Stoeckl)
ID Code:137249
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:College Office - CoBE
Deposited On:2020-02-06
Last Modified:2020-05-22

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