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Title: Local people value environmental services provided by forested parks
Authors: Sodhi, N.S. 
Lee, T.M.
Sekercioglu, C.H.
Webb, E.L. 
Prawiradilaga, D.M.
Lohman, D.J. 
Pierce, N.E.
Diesmos, A.C.
Rao, M.
Ehrlich, P.R.
Keywords: Conservation
Conservation education
Ecosystem services
Protected areas
Southeast Asia
Issue Date: 2010
Source: Sodhi, N.S., Lee, T.M., Sekercioglu, C.H., Webb, E.L., Prawiradilaga, D.M., Lohman, D.J., Pierce, N.E., Diesmos, A.C., Rao, M., Ehrlich, P.R. (2010). Local people value environmental services provided by forested parks. Biodiversity and Conservation 19 (4) : 1175-1188. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Garnering support from local people is critical for maintaining ecologically viable and functional protected areas. However, empirical data illustrating local people's awareness of the importance of nature's services is limited; hence possibly impeding effective ecosystem (environmental)-services based conservation efforts. Using data from five protected forests in four developing Southeast Asian countries, we provide evidence that local people living near parks value a wide range of environmental services, including cultural, provisioning, and regulating services, provided by the forests. Local people with longer residency valued environmental services more. Educated as well as poor people valued forest ecosystem services more. Conservation education has some influence on people's environmental awareness. For conservation endeavors to be successful, large-scale transmigration programs should be avoided and local people must be provided with alternative sustenance opportunities and basic education in addition to environmental outreach to reduce their reliance on protected forests and to enhance conservation support. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Source Title: Biodiversity and Conservation
ISSN: 09603115
DOI: 10.1007/s10531-009-9745-9
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