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Integration of natural area values: conceptual foundations and methodological approaches


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Lockwood, M 2005 , 'Integration of natural area values: conceptual foundations and methodological approaches' , Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 12, no. Supple , pp. 8-19 .

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Values are fundamental to choice and decision. This
paper addresses how the notion of value is
implicated, addressed and integrated in relation to
decisions that affect natural areas. Three topics -
rationality, citizen participation and values - are brought
together in a review of methods for value integration. Each
method is discussed in relation to its processes and
products, value inclusiveness, assumptions, limitations,
strengths and application. None of the methods have the
ability to integrate all relevant values for all actors across
the variety of contexts in which environmental choices
must be made. Application of an integrative rationality is
needed to yield a combined approach that utilises a
number of methods such that their respective limitations
and weaknesses are, as far as possible, overcome. A
crucial task is to enhance our capacity for designing
citizen-inclusive, value comprehensive and transparent
multi-method processes.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lockwood, M
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Journal of Environmental Management
ISSN: 1448-6563
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