How important is community participation to eco-environmental conservation in protected areas? From the perspective of predicting locals' pro-environmental behaviours

Yuling Zhang, Xiao Xiao, Ruibing Cao, Chunhui Zheng, Yongrui Guo, Weixia Gong, Zongcai Wei

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Abstract

Community participation is considered an effective measure to protect the eco-environment and to improve people's livelihoods in protected areas. However, it has not received enough attention at the practical level in most developing countries, and it is unclear how important it is in stimulating locals' pro-environmental behaviours to achieve eco-environmental protection goals. This study focuses on the relationship among community participation, perception changes in livelihood capitals and place attachment, which are related to residents' production, livelihoods, and pro-environmental behaviours. The study uses a convenience sampling method in the Nanling National Nature Reserve, China. Regression analysis results show that community participation is the most powerful predictor of pro-environmental behaviours. Furthermore, community participation moderates the relationship between place attachment and pro-environmental behaviours. In addition, perception changes in livelihood capitals positively affect pro-environmental behaviours in the high-level community participation group while having negative or positive results in the low-level community participation group. The findings, which emphasize the importance of community participation in conservation, provide a better understanding of the differences in pro-environmental behaviours between high and low community participation groups and will aid future development and conservation planning of these initiatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number139889
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Volume739
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 15 2020

Keywords

  • Community participation
  • Eco-environment conservation
  • Perception changes in livelihood capitals
  • Place attachment
  • Pro-environmental behaviours

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution

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