The Social Values of Australian Threatened Birds is one of the PhD projects associated with the main ARC project. This research will contribute data on the social values of threatened birds to our understanding of the major drivers of success in conservation
Wildlife and nature can provide a significant contribution to the spirit, imagination and well-being of Australians through socio-psychological values. These can be recreational; consumptive (eg. hunting) and non-consumptive (watching and enjoying in the wild or through various media); intellectual and scientific (including educational); aesthetic, artistic and cultural; and religious and symbolic.
These values have both a quantitative aspect that can be measured (e.g. wildlife tourism) and a qualitative aspect that cannot (e.g. beauty). Of the approximately 1200 known bird species in Australia over 100 species and subspecies are currently identified as threatened and substantial funds are spent keeping them from becoming extinct.
The “Social Values of Australian Threatened Birds” research will examine relevant social values to identify and measure the importance or worth placed by people and society on threatened species of birds in Australia and through a series of case studies will identify the most effective conservation messages for their preservation.
PhD Candidate: Gill Ainsworth, School for Environmental Research, Charles Darwin University, Darwin.
Phone: (08) 8946 7762 Fax: (08) 8946 7720
View Gill's research profile here: http://www.cdu.edu.au/ser/profiles/GillAinsworthProfile.htm
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