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Contribution of social science to large scale biodiversity conservation: A review of research about the Natura 2000 network

Blicharska, Malgorzata and Orlikowska, Ewa and Roberge, Jean-Michel and Roberge, Cornelia and Grodzinska-Jurczak, Malgorzata (2016). Contribution of social science to large scale biodiversity conservation: A review of research about the Natura 2000 network. Biological conservation. 199, 110-122
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.05.007

Abstract

Successful conservation needs to be informed by social science because it is closely linked to socio-economic processesand human behaviour. Limited knowledge about ecosystems' interactions with these processes currentlyundermines conservation efforts. This review provides a comprehensive synthesis of social science concerningthe world's largest multinationally-coordinated conservation infrastructure: the European Ecological Network- ‘Natura 2000'. Based on a review of 149 publications, we analyse and discuss the main findings and outlinekey social-science research gapswith regard to the Natura 2000 network. The review shows that human dimensionof the Natura 2000 network is complex and variesamong EUMember States. In general, lowlevel and qualityof public participation in implementation of the Natura 2000 network and its management, negative public perceptionsof the network, lack of flexibility of responsible authorities and insufficient consideration of the localcontext pose the greatest challenges to the network's functioning. Important but hitherto little studied researchtopics include: evaluation of participation; effects of education on potential to raise public awareness; effects ofpotential financing mechanisms for compensating private land-owners; economic studies on cost-effectiveness;and benefits from conservation and ecosystem services. These knowledge gaps will need to be filled for theNatura 2000 network to reach its goals.

Authors/Creators:Blicharska, Malgorzata and Orlikowska, Ewa and Roberge, Jean-Michel and Roberge, Cornelia and Grodzinska-Jurczak, Malgorzata
Title:Contribution of social science to large scale biodiversity conservation: A review of research about the Natura 2000 network
Series/Journal:Biological conservation (0006-3207)
Year of publishing :2016
Volume:199
Page range:110-122
Number of Pages:13
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0006-3207
Language:English
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
X Agricola extesions > X80 Social sciences, humanities and education
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 504 Sociology > Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 506 Political Science > Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Agrovoc terms:biodiversity conservation, citizen participation, sociology, europe
Keywords:Biodiversity conservation, Human dimension, Natura 2000, Research gaps, Review, Social science
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3607
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3607
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000379559600016
ID Code:13570
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Swedish Biodiversity Centre
(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management

(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
(S) > School for Forest Management
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:18 Aug 2016 13:34
Metadata Last Modified:18 Aug 2016 13:34

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