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    "Hoe houden we de herontdekking van de natuur in leven?"
    Buijs, Arjen - \ 2020
    nature - experiential value - natural areas - Netherlands - leisure
    De transitie naar een natuurinclusieve stad : Breng de vastgoedsector in beweging
    Dijkshoorn-Dekker, M.W.C. ; Kortstee, H.J.M. ; Mattijssen, T.J.M. ; Haaster-de Winter, M.A. van; Polman, N.B.P. ; Rooij, S.A.M. van; Steingröver, E.G. - \ 2020
    Wageningen University & Research - 19 p.
    green infrastructure - towns - house building - nature - public space - climate
    Hoe waarderen Nederlanders boerennatuur?
    Runhaar, Hens - \ 2020
    Landschap : tijdschrift voor landschapsecologie en milieukunde 37 (2020)1. - ISSN 0169-6300 - p. 10 - 19.
    natural value - experiential value - nature - Netherlands - landscape - agriculture
    Door intensivering en schaalvergroting in de landbouw is de ruimte voor natuur op het platteland flink afgenomen en is het landschap eentoniger geworden. We weten eigenlijk heel weinig van wat de Nederlandse bevolking daarvan vindt, terwijl maatschappelijke steun cruciaal is voor initiatieven om biodiversiteit te vergroten, zowel publiek als privaat. In dit artikel verken ik hoe belangrijk natuur op het platteland wordt gevonden en hoe de waardering van boerennatuur kan worden versterkt.
    “Nano” Regeneration: How Human Agency Intermediates Between Nature and Technology in Community-Based Energy
    Walther, Charlotte Marie ; Poldner, Kim ; Kopnina, Helen ; Dentoni, Domenico - \ 2020
    Organization & Environment (2020). - ISSN 1086-0266
    community-based energy - human agency - nano - nature - regeneration - technology

    This article provides a nano (hyperlocal) view of climate change mitigation by viewing regenerative organizing through the eyes (as well as bodies and senses, etc.) of the households engaged in community-based energy projects. By showing what humans make up for in the largely absent relationship between nature and technology in these projects, we envision an incremental extension of the literature on community-based energy. The radically different contribution we aim to make is a tripartite imbrication that brings in natural agency alongside the human and the technical but specifies precisely how nano (smaller than micro) embodied practices afford mis- and realignments.

    Towards Convivial Conservation
    Büscher, Bram ; Fletcher, Robert - \ 2019
    Conservation and Society 17 (2019)3. - ISSN 0972-4923 - p. 283 - 296.
    Anthropocene - capitalism - conservation - conviviality - nature - political ecology

    Environmental conservation finds itself in desperate times. Saving nature, to be sure, has never been an easy proposition. But the arrival of the Anthropocene-the alleged new phase of world history in which humans dominate the earth-system seems to have upped the ante dramatically; the choices facing the conservation community have now become particularly stark. Several proposals for revolutionising conservation have been proposed, including 'new' conservation, 'half Earth' and more. These have triggered heated debates and potential for (contemplating) radical change. Here, we argue that these do not take political economic realities seriously enough and hence cannot lead us forward. Another approach to conservation is needed, one that takes seriously our economic system's structural pressures, violent socio-ecological realities, cascading extinctions and increasingly authoritarian politics. We propose an alternative termed 'convivial conservation'. Convivial conservation is a vision, a politics and a set of governance principles that realistically respond to the core pressures of our time. Drawing on a variety of perspectives in social theory and movements from around the globe, it proposes a post-capitalist approach to conservation that promotes radical equity, structural transformation and environmental justice and so contributes to an overarching movement to create a more equal and sustainable world.

    Verdienmodellen natuurinclusieve landbouw: kennis in ontwikkeling
    Polman, N.B.P. ; Michels, R. ; Dijkshoorn-Dekker, M.W.C. - \ 2019
    animal welfare - animal production - nature - agriculture
    Exploring the co-benefits (and costs) of home gardening for biodiversity conservation
    Raymond, Christopher M. ; Diduck, Alan P. ; Buijs, Arjen ; Boerchers, Morrissa ; Moquin, Robert - \ 2019
    Local Environment 24 (2019)3. - ISSN 1354-9839 - p. 258 - 273.
    Ecosystem services - nature - place attachment - restoration - sense of place - well-being

    Despite growing evidence pointing to the multiple benefits of home gardening, few studies have considered the health and well-being benefits perceived by gardeners who are principally motivated by biodiversity conservation (i.e. home gardening for biodiversity conservation). This study explores the environmental, social and economic co-benefits (and costs) of home gardening for biodiversity conservation in the City of Winnipeg, Canada. A total of 42 semi-structured interviews (30–60 min each) were conducted with 50 home gardeners who were formally certified or locally recognised for undertaking multiple gardening activities that promote biodiversity conservation. Thematic analysis revealed that study participants self-reported a range of environmental, psychological, physiological and social outcomes associated with their home gardening experiences. Despite home gardening often being a solitary activity, most gardeners valued the multiple forms of social interaction that occurred during important social events in their garden, or when connecting with passers-by. Home gardeners also cited benefits related to connection to nature and place attachment; attention restoration; reduced stress and anxiety; improved mood; satisfaction and pride; increased self-esteem and courage to do things differently in life; and, important education or learning opportunities. However, conflicts relating to the nexus between biodiversity and perceived tidiness of gardens emerged, which raise important ethical and social justice issues for sustainability planning. We compare key insights to the benefits (and costs) of community gardening and make some recommendations for future research, including how to engage more disadvantaged groups in gardening for conservation.

    Groene dagbesteding in de stad: een levendige plek voor mensen met dementie : Factsheet
    Buist, Y. ; Bruin, S. de; Vaandrager, L. ; Hassink, J. - \ 2018
    Wageningen : Wageningen University & Research - 17 p.
    health - well-being - nature - agriculture - participation
    Aan de slag met groene dagbesteding in de stad voor mensen met dementie
    Hassink, J. ; Vaandrager, L. ; Bruin, S. de; Buist, Y. - \ 2018
    Wageningen : Wageningen University & Research - 7 p.
    participation - health - well-being - care - greening - nature
    The missing pillar : Eudemonic values in the justification of nature conservation
    Born, Riyan J.G. van den; Arts, B. ; Admiraal, J.G.A. ; Beringer, A. ; Knights, P. ; Molinario, E. ; Horvat, K.P. ; Porras-Gomez, C. ; Smrekar, A. ; Soethe, N. ; Vivero-Pol, J.L. ; Ganzevoort, W. ; Bonaiuto, M. ; Knippenberg, L. ; Groot, W.T. De - \ 2018
    Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 61 (2018)5-6. - ISSN 0964-0568 - p. 841 - 856.
    biodiversity - committed action - eudaimonia - life history interview - nature
    The public justification for nature conservation currently rests on two pillars: hedonic (instrumental) values, and moral values. Yet, these representations appear to do little motivational work in practice; biodiversity continues to decline, and biodiversity policies face a wide implementation gap. In seven EU countries, we studied why people act for nature beyond professional obligations. We explore the motivations of 105 committed actors for nature in detail using life-history interviews, and trace these back to their childhood. Results show that the key concept for understanding committed action for nature is meaningfulness. People act for nature because nature is meaningful to them, connected to a life that makes sense and a difference in the world. These eudemonic values (expressing the meaningful life) constitute a crucial third pillar in the justification of nature conservation. Important policy implications are explored, e.g. with respect to public discourse and the encounter with nature in childhood.
    What is water doing for us? | WURcast
    Dijksma, R. - \ 2017
    Wageningen : WURcast
    rain - water - agriculture - drinking water - climatic change - nature
    Zeven redenen om te investeren in een groene stad : Longread
    Hattum, T. van; Stuiver, M. ; Spijker, J.H. ; Visschedijk, P.A.M. ; Vries, S. de; Snep, R.P.H. ; Jacobs, C.M.J. - \ 2017
    Wageningen University and Research
    green roofs - green walls - plantations - parks - nature - well-being - urban areas - health
    Incorporating nature in environmental sociology: a critique of Bhaskar and Latour, and a proposal
    Koppen, C.S.A. van - \ 2017
    Environmental Sociology 3 (2017)3. - ISSN 2325-1042 - p. 173 - 185.
    sociology - nature - critical realism - actor-network theory - lifeworld
    There is a vital, but complex and controversial debate in environmental sociology regarding how to bring nature into sociological investigation. This article discusses two influential strands in this debate: Bhaskar’s critical realism and its elaboration by Carolan, and the ‘politics of nature’ approach of Bruno Latour. Building on a critical assessment of these approaches, the article outlines an epistemological framework for a sociology that takes nature (in the sense of natural environment, material objects and human bodies) into account, and gives sociological meaning to natural science findings. At the core of this framework is the notion that sociology has an episteme (in the meaning introduced by Foucault) that is different from that of natural science, and that takes the lifeworld as its object and platform of debate. Nature can be incorporated in this episteme by taking in bodily experience as proposed by phenomenology (in particular, Merleau-Ponty) and by treating natural science facts as sensitizing concepts, not as sociological facts.
    Grijs, Groen & Gelukkig - Plantenwand
    Hermans, C.M.L. - \ 2017
    IVN Nederland
    groene gevels - klimaat - zorg - natuur - planten - green walls - climate - care - nature - plants
    Plantenwanden zorgen voor een gezonder binnenklimaat. Voor zorginstellingen waar cliënten weinig buiten komen, halen we met de Plantenwand de natuur naar binnen en dragen zo bij aan een gezondere leefomgeving. Wageningen Environmental Research doet onderzoek naar de effecten van Plantenwanden op het binnenklimaat. Ook het effect op cliëntwelzijn en de afname van het ziekteverzuim onder medewerkers wordt onderzocht.
    Pionieren : De impact van innovatieve maatschappelijke initiatieven op een natuur-inclusieve samenleving
    Salverda, I.E. ; Dam, R.I. van; Pleijte, M. - \ 2017
    Wageningen : Wageningen Environmental Research (Pionieren ) - 64
    natuur - samenleving - participatie - stedelijke gebieden - sport - lopen - burgers - fondsgelden - weidevogels - bodem - nederland - nature - society - participation - urban areas - sport - walking - citizens - funding - grassland birds - soil - netherlands
    Pionieren : Jaarmagazine over het DEMOCRATISCH samenspel van groene burgerinitiatieven en overheden
    Salverda, I.E. ; Kruit, J. ; Kuijper, Florien ; Koffijberg, M. ; Neefjes, M. - \ 2017
    Wageningen : Wageningen Environmental Research (Pionieren ) - 39
    natuur - openbaar groen - stedelijke gebieden - burgers - participatie - innovaties - vergroening - democratie - nederland - nature - public green areas - urban areas - citizens - participation - innovations - greening - democracy - netherlands
    Factsheet Groene re-integratiepraktijken voor mensen met psychische problemen
    Hassink, J. ; Vaandrager, L. ; Jansen, Joke - \ 2017
    Wageningen University & Research - 7
    burgers - participatie - sociaal welzijn - gezondheid - herstellen - beplantingen - natuur - beweging - citizens - participation - social welfare - health - reconditioning - plantations - nature - movement
    Gemeenten zijn per 1 januari 2015 verantwoordelijk voor uitvoering van de Jeugdwet, Wmo en de Participatiewet. De invoering van de Participatiewet leidt tot de toestroom van een nieuwe doelgroep waaronder veel mensen met psychische problemen die behoefte hebben aan langdurige ondersteuning.
    De decentralisaties vormen een grote uitdaging voor gemeenten. Niet alleen komen er nieuwe taken op gemeenten af, maar er wordt ook flink bezuinigd. Gemeenten moeten dus meer doen met minder geld. Maar er zijn ook kansen.
    Voor het eerst krijgt één partij, de gemeente, zeggenschap over praktisch het hele sociale domein. De decentralisaties maken dwarsverbanden tussen de Wmo/Awbz, de jeugdzorg en het domein van werk en inkomen mogelijk. Werkplekken waar mensen vanuit de participatiewet, WMO en jeugdzorg terecht kunnen hebben daarom de aandacht van gemeenten.
    Deze factsheet gaat over de mogelijkheden die het groen biedt voor re-integratie van mensen met psychische problemen. Interessante voorbeelden van re-integratie initiatieven zijn stadslandbouwbedrijven, landschapsonderhoud,
    zorgboerderijen, groenonderhoud en groene wijkinitiatieven.
    De factsheet is gebaseerd op literatuuronderzoek, interviews en groepsgesprekken met initiatiefnemers, mensen met psychische problemen die werken in het groen (deelnemers) en betrokken beleidsmedewerkers van verschillende groene re-integratie initiatieven. In deze factsheet komen de volgende thema’s aan bod:
    • Welke vormen van groene re-integratie bestaan er in Nederland?
    • Wat is de mogelijke theoretische onderbouwing en wat zijn de werkzame elementen van groene re-integratie?
    • Wat zijn de randvoorwaarden van groene re-integratie? En wat is er nodig om deze vorm van re-integratie verder in
    te bedden en op te schalen?
    Maatregelen Natuurinclusieve landbouw
    Erisman, Jan Willem ; Eekeren, Nick van; Doorn, Anne van; Geertsema, Willemien ; Polman, Nico - \ 2017
    Wageningen : Wageningen Environmental Research (Wageningen Environmental Research rapport 2821) - 49
    landbouw - natuur - agrarische bedrijfsvoering - maatregelen - biologische landbouw - dierenwelzijn - huisvesting, dieren - dierlijke productie - melkvee - agriculture - nature - farm management - measures - organic farming - animal welfare - animal housing - animal production - dairy cattle
    In deze notitie wordt een overzicht gegeven van maatregelen voor natuurinclusieve landbouw. Dit is een vorm van duurzame landbouw die optimaal gebruik maakt van de natuurlijke processen en deze integreert in de bedrijfsvoering. Natuurinclusieve landbouw begint met een gezonde bodem, produceert voedsel binnen de grenzen van natuur, milieu en leefomgeving en heeft positieve effecten op de biodiversiteit en het klimaat.
    Framing nature : searching for (implicit) religious elements in the communication about nature
    Jansen, Peter - \ 2017
    Wageningen University. Promotor(en): H. Jochemsen, co-promotor(en): F.W.J. Keulartz; J. van der Stoep. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789463431323 - 200
    nature - policy - netherlands - communication - religion - case studies - frames - perception - public authorities - landscape experience - identity - natuur - beleid - nederland - communicatie - religie - gevalsanalyse - geraamten - perceptie - overheid - landschapsbeleving - identiteit

    This PhD thesis is about communication concerning nature in the Netherlands. The purpose of this exploratory study is to take both a theoretical and an empirical look at whether (implicit) religious elements play a role in this communication about nature in the Netherlands.

    In this PhD thesis it is argued that the role of communication practitioners is to signal, articulate, and interpret normative elements in the discourse. In other words, to make (non-) congruent frames explicit and clarifying the associated world views in the discourse, including that of the government itself. The government has to be impartial as possible in its communications, but the communications about nature shows that there are questions to be asked about this neutrality. Although not explicit, but through the communications of NGOs, who operate as delegated executors of the Dutch nature policy in the context of this PhD thesis, certain images, i.e., frames regarding nature are communicated. However, the question is raised to what extent the government, based on its alleged neutrality, should condition the communication of NGOs. Here, tension can be observed. If nature conservation NGOs (explicitly) communicate a specific vision about nature, using ‘religious subtexts’, the government appears to support these ‘subtexts’. For nature conservation NGOs, it is appropriate to put forth a certain opinion to raise support for their actions among the public. However, in this PhD thesis it is argued that it is not the responsibility of the government to promote a specific religiously phrased view of nature and nature policy. Hence, this PhD thesis reveals a necessity for reflection on the relationship between government and NGOs regarding their communication, i.e., awareness of distinction and a need for mutual adjustment in the case of close cooperation.

    The results of this PhD thesis are placed in a broader cultural context with respect to nature development. A paradox is highlighted: creating nature ‘according to our view of nature’ and, simultaneously, wanting to experience wilderness-nature, preferably without too much human influence. This paradox appears to form a cultural basis for many new nature development projects. In other words, nature development is no longer just driven by ecological interests. In today’s ‘wilderness desire’, a certain form of anthropocentric thinking also manifests, because it focuses on the human experience of nature. In addition, because (new) nature projects can be places to have meaningful experiences, in this PhD thesis it is concluded that (new) nature projects, such as Tiengemeten, not only have ecological value, but societal value as well. It is also argued that in a secular society, we should not lose sight of the mediating role of creating and maintaining nature parks. Designing or maintaining natural areas in a certain way can create conditions for certain meaningful experiences. With our designing vision and communication, we can reap ‘benefits’ from nature. With this conclusion, this PhD thesis shines a different light on the concept of nature development and, indirectly, on the Dutch nature policy.

    Finally, this PhD thesis shows that religious elements play a role in the communication about nature. These are linked to meaningful experiences that people can have in nature. A religious depth dimension can be discovered in meaningful experiences. This religious depth dimension is the reason that there are ‘religious subtexts’ in the communication about nature. However, the word ‘subtext’ is crucial. The communication about nature is ‘religionised’ to some extent, but there is no mentioning of a personal God or other reference to a supernatural reality. This PhD thesis also shows that the religious depth dimension does not explicitly come to the fore in what visitors are saying. This means that this PhD thesis, in addition to questioning the appropriateness of ‘religious subtexts’ in the communication about nature, also doubts whether those ‘subtexts’ are convincing from visitors’ perspective.

    Effecten van gebiedsgrootte op de kwaliteitsbeoordeling van Natuurgebieden : evaluatie begrenzing van beoordelingsgebieden volgens de Werkwijze Monitoring en Beoordeling van het Natuurnetwerk
    Sanders, M.E. ; Schippers, P. ; Meeuwsen, H.A.M. - \ 2017
    Wageningen : Wageningen Environmental Research (Wageningen Environmental Research rapport 2805) - 49
    natuurgebieden - natuur - kwaliteit - monitoring - natura 2000 - soortenrijkdom - grootte - natural areas - nature - quality - monitoring - natura 2000 - species richness - size
    De kwaliteitsbeoordeling van natuurgebieden zoals beschreven in de “Werkwijze Monitoring en Beoordeling Natuurnetwerk en Natura2000/PAS” is onder andere gebaseerd op het aantal kwalificerende soorten per beheertype en de ruimtelijke verspreiding daarvan. Deze beoordeling kan gevoelig zijn voor ruimtelijke keuzes in omvang en ligging van de beoordelingsgebieden. In dit rapport onderzoeken we de relatie tussen de grootte van de beoordelingsgebieden en de kwaliteitscriteria voor Natura 2000-gebied de Nieuwkoopse Plassen en de Veluwe. De resultaten laten zien in welke mate de beoordeling afhankelijk is van de gebiedsgrootte. Daarnaast doen we een voorstel voor een alternatieve methode voor de kwaliteitsbeoordeling die niet afhankelijk is van de gebiedsgrootte. Bij de alternatieve methode kunnen de arealen per beheertype worden opgeteld voor elke gewenst (Natura 2000-) gebied, per provincie of landelijk ongeacht de grootte en ligging van de beoordelingsgebieden.
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