Perceptions and Values of Biodiversity
The world’s population is increasingly disconnected from nature, living in modified, human-dominated landscapes that are expanding at the cost of the natural environment and biodiversity. This is thought to lead to a cycle of disaffection whereby people become progressively less aware of the importance of natural ecosystems, the ecological processes that they perform and apathetic about their value. Referred to as the “extinction of experience”, this is analogous with the “shifting baselines syndrome” – where past experiences of the state of the environment shape people’s expectations.
The research aims to understand the factors which influence people’s connections with the natural world, and its significance for conservation. As it is though that without appreciation of their value, species and ecosystems are unlikely to receive adequate conservation protection.
For further information: Jake.Snaddon@zoo.ox.ac.uk
Biodiversity beyond protected areas projects
- Measuring and Monitoring Biodiversity in the Oil Palm Landscape
- Riparian Forest Strips as a Conservation Strategy
- The Impact of Biofuel Expansion on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
- Climate change adaptation of small-holder farmers
- Permanent Latin American Food Systems
- Religious Forest Sites
- Perceptions and Values of Biodiversity