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

Winter, C and Lockwood, M 2004 , 'The natural area value scale: a new instrument for measuring natural area values' , Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 11, no. 1 , pp. 11-20 .

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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
Authors/Creators:Winter, C and Lockwood, M
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Journal of Environmental Management
ISSN: 1448-6563
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