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The natural area value scale: a new instrument for measuring natural area values

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Winter, C and Lockwood, M (2004) The natural area value scale: a new instrument for measuring natural area values. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 11 (1). pp. 11-20. ISSN 1448-6563

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Abstract

At present there is no adequate means by which natural area planners and decision- makers can undertake a comprehensive and integrated assessment of individuals' values for natural areas. Although instrumental values can be measured in a number of ways, there exists no accepted mechanism in natural resource management planning through which intrinsic values can be measured for a large sample. In this article, we describe the Natural Area Value Scale (NA VSj which addresses this need. The NAVS has been designed to suit a general public sample, but also to have application across different population groups and resource types. The 20-item NA VS can measure, distinguish between and gauge the relative strengths of individuals' intrinsic. non-use and use values for nature. Use values have distinct recreation and non-recreation components. For a general population sample, the four value sub-scales have good reliability. Evidence for construct validity is given by the presence of expected correlations between the sub-scales, the verification of expected relationships between the relative sub-scale values for different population samples, and the verification of expected relationships between sub-scale values and management preferences. The NA VS also provided coherent results across two very different types of environments, forests and wetlands, as well as in circumstances involving endangered species.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Journal of Environmental Management
Page Range: pp. 11-20
ISSN: 1448-6563
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2009 01:03
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:56
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/8397
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