Awareness and community-based monitoring

Stepath, C.M. (2000) Awareness and community-based monitoring. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Coral Reef Symposium (2) pp. 807-811. From: 9th International Coral Reef Symposium: World Coral Reefs in the New Millenium, 23-27 October 2000, Bali, Indonesia.

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Outreach and community education programs make awareness their primary goal, but this is not producing responsible environmental behavior. In conservation much attention is being focused on raising public awareness, but other action needs to be taken. A awareness is realizing that a problem exists, not necessarily include rectifying the problem. Environmental educators, policy makers and managers should look past environmental awareness toward outcomes related to responsible behaviour. Current publications note that the relationship between attitudes and behaviour is questionable. New ideas and fresh approaches are needed to help people translate awareness to participatory action. This article explores the relationship between coral reef monitoring, awareness, and participation. Awareness is only a first step in the process of responsible environmental behaviour, not an end in itself. Promoting responsible environmental behaviour requires changing human attitudes and linking them to participation. Participatory action should be the desired outcome, and awareness is a necessary step in the process.

Item ID: 14658
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 979-8105-97-4
Keywords: awareness; environmental behaviour; experimental education; social ecology
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Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2017 03:33
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0699 Other Biological Sciences > 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 51%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 49%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 51%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960508 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Mining Environments @ 49%
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