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Record number 400500
Title Understanding stakeholders' attitudes toward water management interventions: Role of place meanings
Author(s) Jacobs, M.H.; Buijs, A.E.
Source Water Resources Research 47 (2011)1. - ISSN 0043-1397 - 11 p.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2009WR008366
Department(s) Cultural Geography
CL - The Human Factor
Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) resources management - value orientations - river management - sense - behavior - restoration - netherlands - perceptions - dimensions - attachment
Abstract Water resource managers increasingly need to take the opinions of stakeholders into account when planning interventions. We studied stakeholders' concerns in two water management planning contexts, focusing on the meanings assigned to places and on attitudes toward proposed interventions. Semistructured interviews were held, and public meetings were observed in order to collect data. Five categories of place meanings emerged from the analysis: beauty (esthetic judgments), functionality (ways of use), attachment (feelings of belonging), biodiversity (meanings pertaining to nature), and risk (worries about current or future events). These categories reflect the basic dimensions of sense of place. Our results suggest that stakeholders' attitudes toward proposed interventions are, to a great extent, derived from their place meanings. Discussing place meanings during participatory planning processes could contribute substantially to successful water management.
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