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Informing program design for connectivity conservation in the New South Wales Southern Highlands, Australia


Morrison, M and Lockwood, M, Informing program design for connectivity conservation in the New South Wales Southern Highlands, Australia, Society and Natural Resources, 27, (1) pp. 70-87. ISSN 0894-1920 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/08941920.2013.840814


Connectivity initiatives typically require conservation action on private lands as a complement to public reserve systems, so they are more likely to succeed if underpinned by knowledge of the social factors influencing landholders’ participation. Using a combination of social survey and market research techniques, we identify spatially referenced landholder segments. Using a number of behavioral and attitudinal constructs, including three psychographic constructs not previously used for identifying segments — sense of place, lifestyle motives, and nature values — we identify three lifestyler and two farmer segments, and show that the characteristics of lifestyler segments are more nuanced than previously thought. Preferences for four corridor connectivity initiatives are found to differ across landholder segments, which indicates the importance using a targeted approach for designing connectivity conservation programs. The results highlight the importance for achieving corridor connectivity of the Blue Collar Lifestyler segment, a lower sociodemographic segment not previously identified in the literature.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:connectivity conservation, conservation program design, landholder engagement, landholder segments
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lockwood, M (Associate Professor Michael Lockwood)
ID Code:88566
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2014-02-06
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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