Landscape preferences, ecological quality and biodiversity protection

Cary, John and Williams, Kathryn (2002) Landscape preferences, ecological quality and biodiversity protection. Environment and Behavior, 34 (2). pp. 257-274. ISSN 00139165


The loss of biological diversity is a major environmental problem occurring on a global scale. Human-environment researchers have an important role in shaping policy and programs at a local, national and international level. This paper explores human preference for landscapes relative to ecological quality and assesses the relationship between these preferences and land management behavior. A survey of more than 1000 urban and rural residents of southeastern Australia examined preferences for 36 black and white photographs of native vegetation. There was more commonality than difference between urban and rural preference for different arrays of native vegetation. Preference for Eucalyptus species was higher than preference for non-Eucalyptus species. Preference ratings indicate minimal differences across landscapes with distinct variation in ecological quality. The study suggests that preference for landscapes of relatively high ecological quality is associated with behavior that is protective of this resource.

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 290000 Engineering and Technology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Hospitality Tourism and Marketing
Keywords biological diversity, land management, biodiversity protection, ecological quality, landscape perceptions
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