Journal article

Psychological values and cues as a basis for developing socially relevant criteria and indicators for forest management

RM Ford, NM Anderson, C Nitschke, LT Bennett, KJH Williams

Forest Policy and Economics | Elsevier BV | Published : 2017


Criteria and indicators (C & I) have proven an essential tool for managers implementing sustainable forest management, but have been less effective for communication with the wider community. We demonstrate a new bottom-up approach to developing socially relevant C & I using social analysis and psychology-based concepts and methods. Our conceptual framework links the concepts of valued attributes and environmental cues with, respectively, criteria and indicators. We illustrate our approach using thirty-six semi-structured interviews of individual members of the general public and of stakeholder groups in Victoria, southern Australia. The interviews included a modified cognitive mapping task ..

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Awarded by Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Research Council and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) through the Integrated Forest Ecosystem Research program (ARC Linkage grant LP120200795).