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Record number 552865
Title What explains citizens’ valuations of and attitudes towards agricultural biodiversity? Results of an exploratory survey of Dutch students
Author(s) Runhaar, Hens; Buijs, Arjen; Runhaar, Piety
Source NJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences 89 (2019). - ISSN 1573-5214
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.njas.2019.100303
Department(s) WASS
Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
Regional Development and Spatial Use
Education and Learning Sciences
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Availibility Full text available from 2021-07-09
Keyword(s) Agriculture - Assigned values - Attitudes - Nature conservation - The Netherlands
Abstract

Citizens’ valuation of agrobiodiversity is important for retaining political interest in the subject, for legitimising agri-environment schemes and other conservation initiatives and for their own willingness to contribute to agrobiodiversity conservation. Still little is known about whether and how citizens value agrobiodiversity, how these valuations can be explained and what they imply for citizens’ preparedness to contribute to the enhancement of agrobiodiversity. We report on the findings of an exploratory survey aimed at uncovering the above mechanisms among a specific subgroup of Dutch citizens: students. We conclude that (a) students appreciate the intrinsic and aesthetic values of agrobiodiversity to some extent, but not its instrumental value; (b) valuations correlate with students’ fundamental values; (c) students’ attitudes correlate strongly to how they value agrobiodiversity. We recommend follow-up research among a more representative sample of Dutch citizens, with the aims to further test the mechanisms, assess valuations of agrobiodiversity by Dutch citizens in general and explore whether and how these valuations can be enhanced by the provision of information about the intrinsic and aesthetic values of agrobiodiversity.

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