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Understanding perceptions of the social impacts of protected areas: Evidence from three NATURA 2000 sites in Greece

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posted on 2023-08-30, 15:42 authored by Nikoleta Jones, Chrisovalantis Malesios, Evdoxia Ioannidou, Rodanthi Kanakaraki, Fani Kazoli, Panayiotis G. Dimitrakopoulos
The social impacts of Protected Areas (PAs) are increasingly recognized as a key issue that needs to be explored and combined with existing evaluation frameworks assessing the economic and environmental impacts of PAs. The present paper focuses on the subjective assessment of social impacts of PAs and how these perceptions are formulated. Results of an empirical study, implemented in three PAs in Greece, are presented. According to the study, individuals' perceived quality of life, trust in institutions, social trust and place attachment are the most important indicators influencing perceptions of social impacts. A main conclusion of the paper is that measuring social impacts is not sufficient for the planning and designation of a PA. Additional research is needed exploring the reasons behind these perceptions in order to plan actions minimizing negative impacts for local communities.

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Refereed

  • Yes

Volume

73

Page range

80-89

Publication title

Environmental Impact Assessment Review

ISSN

0195-9255

Publisher

Elsevier

File version

  • Accepted version

Language

  • eng

Legacy posted date

2018-10-15

Legacy creation date

2018-10-19

Legacy Faculty/School/Department

ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)

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