Citizen participation in natural resource management: Does representativeness matter?
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ROOTS ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT; POLITICAL EFFICACY; PUBLIC-PARTICIPATION; PANEL; QUESTION; TRUST; Sociology
The main focus of this research is on the changing role of citizen participation in natural resource management. Evidence suggests that citizens who participate in the management of natural resources are not representative of stakeholders who are impacted by the decisions being made. In an effort to assess the representativeness of citizen participation, we conducted telephone surveys of "residents" who live in the watershed of Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Norris Reservoir and "oarticipants" in TVA's Norris Public Lands Plan. As hypothesized, we found participants to be older, disproportionately male, more educated, and more affluent, and as having higher levels of political efficacy and trust in government than residents. Exploratory analyses revealed many other significant differences between participants and residents. We conclude by suggesting that increased and representative citizen participation is necessary for the successful implementation of an ecosystem-based approach and to address problems associated with non-point source pollution.
"Citizen participation in natural resource management: Does representativeness matter?" (2005). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 5457.