Uses, meanings, and understandings of values in the environmental and protected area arena: a consideration of "World Heritage" values

Bentrupperbaumer, Joan M., Day, Tara J., and Reser, Joseph P. (2006) Uses, meanings, and understandings of values in the environmental and protected area arena: a consideration of "World Heritage" values. Society & Natural Resources, 19 (8). pp. 723-741.

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Abstract

The importance of language in influencing and often determining management, planning, and policy decisions in the environmental arena is well documented. Equally well established is the importance of language in research, both with respect to the assumptive worlds of theory, discussion, and debate, and with respect to operational definitions and methodologies. This research addresses and examines meanings and understandings of a key expression and construct largely responsible for shaping environmental management and conservation thought, practices, and policy in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area of Australia, “World Heritage values.” Research findings document the lack of a clear understanding and consensus with respect to the meanings and use of the expression across and within the stakeholder groups and communication contexts examined. This confusing, inconsistent, and often conflicting language use is a formidable and largely unacknowledged management issue and problem in terms of measurement, monitoring, and communication, and strategic and effective on-the-ground management.

Item ID: 4208
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: environmental values; world heritage; protected area management; management discourse; impact assessment; values assessment; values measurement and monitoring; World Heritage values
ISSN: 1521-0723
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2009 02:22
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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