Exploring public awareness of threats to the Great Barrier Reef environment

Moscardo, Gianna (2008) Exploring public awareness of threats to the Great Barrier Reef environment. Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, 10 (1/2). pp. 45-64.

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A key element in understanding public support for environmental conservation is awareness and understanding of the relevant environmental threats. This paper will present the results of an eight year research program including surveys of residents living adjacent to, and visitors to, the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) in Australia and content analyses of media coverage of this protected area. The paper uses social representations theory to analyse and link these two data sets. The research critically examined the relationships between characteristics of the survey respondents, actual visitation to the area, perceived threats to this environment and overall attitudes towards the environmental health and conservation needs of the GBR. The results indicated that respondent perceptions of threats were influenced by media coverage, but this media coverage was problematic in a number of ways. In addition, further analysis of the survey data found that key user groups held different and conflicting social representations of the environmental status and threats to the GBR, and these social representations included perceptions of threats to the GBR that did not match the situation as presented by the protected area managers.

Item ID: 27420
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2042-6992
Keywords: Great Barrier Reef; public awareness; environmental issues; tourism
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2013 05:47
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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