In search of a conservation ethic

In search of a conservation ethic

This paper makes use of the Galileo method to compare cognitive distances between selected forest-related concepts in Brazil, Indonesia and Cameroon. The purpose is to determine whether or not there are significant differences in people’s perceptions that could reflect the concept of a conservation ethic in these locations. Specific hypotheses focus on the cognitive relationships between spirit and forest; between forest, good and future; and between forest and me. Although the method provides interesting and useful information on cognition, it is less useful in clarifying the existence or measurement of a conservation ethic.

Authors: Salim, A.; Brocklesby, M.A.; Tiani, A.M.; Tchikangwa, B.; Sardjono, M.A.; Porro, R.; Woelfel, J.; Colfer, C.J.P.

Topic: conservation,ethics,forest management,perception,local people

Geographic: Brazil,Cameroon,Indonesia

Publisher: Resources for the Future and CIFOR, Washington, DC

Publication Year: 2001

Source: Colfer, C.J.P., Byron, Y. (eds.) People managing forests: the links between human well-being and sustainability. 155-166


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