Understanding perceptions of the social impacts of protected areas: Evidence from three NATURA 2000 sites in Greece

Jones, Nikoleta and Malesios, Chrisovalantis and Ioannidou, Evdoxia and Kanakaraki, Rodanthi and Kazoli, Fani and Dimitrakopoulos, Panayiotis G. (2018) Understanding perceptions of the social impacts of protected areas: Evidence from three NATURA 2000 sites in Greece. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 73. pp. 80-89. ISSN 0195-9255

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Abstract

The social impacts of Protected Areas (PAs) are increasingly recognized as a key issue that needs to be explored and combined with existing evaluation frameworks assessing the economic and environmental impacts of PAs. The present paper focuses on the subjective assessment of social impacts of PAs and how these perceptions are formulated. Results of an empirical study, implemented in three PAs in Greece, are presented. According to the study, individuals' perceived quality of life, trust in institutions, social trust and place attachment are the most important indicators influencing perceptions of social impacts. A main conclusion of the paper is that measuring social impacts is not sufficient for the planning and designation of a PA. Additional research is needed exploring the reasons behind these perceptions in order to plan actions minimizing negative impacts for local communities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Biodiversity conservation, Perceived social impacts, Subjective cultural ecosystem services, Well-being, Quality of life, Place attachment
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Dr Nikoleta Jones
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 13:18
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2018 15:21
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703679

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