Many eyes on nature: Diverse perspectives in the cape horn biosphere reserve and their relevance for conservation

Uta Berghoefer, Ricardo Rozzi, Kurt Jax

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Abstract

Relationships between humans and nature take multiple forms. This is a fundamental issue in conservation but one that is often neglected, leading to poor conservation outcomes. It is thus imperative that we come to understand better the complex relationships between humans and nature. To do so, we need to examine nature and the often assumed dichotomy between humans and nature. We conducted a qualitative social research inquiry to explore the societal relationships with nature in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve in Chile. From the results, we developed a framework that illustrates how different natures are created in the three-way relationship among the individual, society, and the physical world. We further discuss the implications of the co-existence of various natures in one place. Their explicit consideration bears important potential for improving conservation practice. The framework can then serve as a heuristic tool for uncovering and addressing challenges in other conservation contexts.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEcology and Society
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Biodiversity
  • Biosphere reserve
  • Chile
  • Conflicts
  • Conservation
  • Local ecological knowledge
  • Participation
  • Protected areas
  • Valuation

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