Dynamic landscape change affects and is affected by human attitudes. Research in landscape ecological sciences has focusing on whether and how spatial organization of landscape creates stable, functioning ecosystems. Humans have been treated as an independent, separate entity despite the fact that in this space they connect and embed their values, perception and attitudes when delineating a place. Equally, the ecological imperative expressed through operational models of conservation planning changes the physical organization of landscape in such a way that it affects people’s connection to landscape and influences their views and attitudes towards ecosystem governance. As argued in this paper, a more comprehensive understanding is needed of these two phenomena, addressing the linkages between ecosystem conservation and how people respond to dynamic changes. This would include assessing how people shape their responsiveness to place through a collaborative bioregional planning approach. A model is proposed to explore this issue by addressing the linkages of social and ecological sustainability through the sense of place concept to understand community’s effect on, and response to conservation planning initiatives. The model comprised of multidimensional construct to ascertain the participant’s sense of place and their willingness to participate and engage in conservation planning initiatives. It is argued that this research will provide a new insight for collaborative bioregional planning process by revealing whether and how community attachment to the landscape determines their care and motivation for support in conservation planning strategies, and how this in turn shapes ecosystem functioning that enhance the experience of land.
Muhammad Farid Azizul, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
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