Place-Based Conservation: Perspectives from the Social by William P. Stewart, Daniel R. Williams, Linda E. Kruger

By William P. Stewart, Daniel R. Williams, Linda E. Kruger

The thought of “Place” has develop into well known in ordinary source administration, as pros more and more realize the significance of scale, place-specific meanings, neighborhood wisdom, and social-ecological dynamics. Place-Based Conservation: views from the Social Sciences bargains a radical exam of the subject, dividing its exploration into 4 extensive components.
Place-Based Conservation offers a entire source for researchers and practitioners to assist construct the conceptual grounding essential to comprehend and to successfully perform place-based conservation.

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In other words, places are always “becoming” (Pred, 1984). This dynamic notion of place relies on an appreciation that decisions and actions at multiple levels—individual, household, neighborhood, community, regional, national, and global—construct and shape the meanings and implications of places (Massey, 1994). Without a doubt, processes and pressures at global and national scales influence the position and character of places. But places, or more importantly the people and institutions within and among places, are not merely at the mercy of larger-scale processes such as the movements of the world economy and global politics (Castree, 2003).

Rather than clarifying best management practices, scientific advances can generate confusion among managers over effective management options. Best practice in any given situation often depends on conditions and actions in adjacent 2 Science, Practice, and Place 23 landscapes, as well as interactions at both high and lower scales of decision-making. In managing complex systems, the overarching challenge, then, is sorting out how each manager, applying his/her expertise in meeting their responsibilities—in effect taking partially informed actions—can best accommodate the knowledge and actions of other managers who seek to do the same.

3). One potential downside to place-based conservation is the potential for parochial interests to trump larger-scale policy interests, as demonstrated by the NIMBY (“not-in-my-backyard”) response to many proposed projects. Recognizing this problem, Williams and Matheny (1995) show how various models of democracy play different roles depending on scale. At larger, wider geographic scales, politics involving traditional interest groups provides a means for settling on the basic rules to govern site selection decisions.

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