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Public discourses on conservation and development in a rural community in Colombia: an application of Q-methodology

verfasst von: Andrés Vargas, David Diaz, Juanita Aldana-Domínguez

Erschienen in: Biodiversity and Conservation | Ausgabe 1/2019

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Abstract

People living in rural areas are caught between the two often conflicting objectives of conserving biodiversity and promoting economic development. Current approaches to conservation are built on the premise that conservation and development are not antagonistic. Social conservationists advocate win–win solutions that both conserve biodiversity and promote human well-being. In this paper we explore how the conservation-development relationship is understood by a rural community in Colombia where remaining areas of tropical dry forest are threatened by human activities, and a payment for ecosystem services scheme, PES, is proposed as a conservation strategy. Q-methodology was used to identify and categorise local peoples’ perspectives on forest conservation. Four distinctive perspectives were found: Social Conservationism, Fair Development, Development Advocate and Government’s Responsibility. Social conservationism places more importance on forest conservation while the other three perspectives emphasise development. This suggests that the conservation program at the local level must be explicit about tensions and trade-offs. Not to do so can compromise the social acceptability of the PES scheme and therefore the conservation objective.

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1
Statistical analysis was done using the PQmethod software, freely available from: http://​schmolck.​userweb.​mwn.​de/​qmethod/​downpqwin.​htm.
 
2
One participant did not complete the Q questionnaire and was excluded from further analysis.
 
3
For further details see Vargas et al. (2017).
 
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Metadaten
Titel
Public discourses on conservation and development in a rural community in Colombia: an application of Q-methodology
verfasst von
Andrés Vargas
David Diaz
Juanita Aldana-Domínguez
Publikationsdatum
15.10.2018
Verlag
Springer Netherlands
Erschienen in
Biodiversity and Conservation / Ausgabe 1/2019
Print ISSN: 0960-3115
Elektronische ISSN: 1572-9710
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-018-1644-5

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