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Conservation Debates: People’s Perceptions and Values towards a Privately Protected Area in Southern Ecuador

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Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, San Cayetano Alto s/n, PC, Loja 110104, Ecuador
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Titulación de Ingeniería en Gestión Ambiental, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, San Cayetano Alto s/n, PC, Loja 110104, Ecuador
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Land 2021, 10(3), 233; https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030233
Received: 27 January 2021 / Revised: 19 February 2021 / Accepted: 20 February 2021 / Published: 25 February 2021
The perceptions and values that local communities have towards protected areas are of great value for the improvement of these territories’ management. Such perceptions and values are often absent in the conservation planning process, particularly in those privately protected areas that are established in areas where the land tenure system is based not only on ownership but also on customary uses. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative data obtained through semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders and members of communities surrounding a privately protected area in southern Ecuador, we identify that the level of collaboration with the managers, the distance to the protected area, the percentage of untitled land, and the dependence on the resources (customary uses) are among the variables affecting these perceptions and values. Positive perceptions towards protected areas and naturalistic values are developed among those who collaborate with the protected area managers, whereas negative perceptions, and a mix of naturalistic and biospheric values are developed among those who have a sense of a lack of attention to social needs although supporting nature conservation at the same time. The evidence presented shows the importance of matching local peoples’ expectations with conservation goals during the establishment of a protected area. View Full-Text
Keywords: tropical dry forest; conservation values; perceptions; customary land uses; Ecuador tropical dry forest; conservation values; perceptions; customary land uses; Ecuador
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Iñiguez-Gallardo, V.; Reyes-Bueno, F.; Peñaranda, O. Conservation Debates: People’s Perceptions and Values towards a Privately Protected Area in Southern Ecuador. Land 2021, 10, 233. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030233

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Iñiguez-Gallardo V, Reyes-Bueno F, Peñaranda O. Conservation Debates: People’s Perceptions and Values towards a Privately Protected Area in Southern Ecuador. Land. 2021; 10(3):233. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030233

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Iñiguez-Gallardo, Verónica, Fabián Reyes-Bueno, and Olga Peñaranda. 2021. "Conservation Debates: People’s Perceptions and Values towards a Privately Protected Area in Southern Ecuador" Land 10, no. 3: 233. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030233

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