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Urban Nature: Perception and Acceptance of Alternative Green Space Management and the Change of Awareness after Provision of Environmental Information. A Chance for Biodiversity Protection

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Institut für Evolution und Ökologie, Evolutionsbiologie der Invertebraten, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Auf der Morgenstelle 28, Tübingen 72076, Germany
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GAB München Gesellschaft für Ausbildungsforschung und Berufsentwicklung, Lindwurmstraße 41/43, München 80337, Germany
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Urban Sci. 2017, 1(3), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci1030024
Received: 23 June 2017 / Revised: 10 July 2017 / Accepted: 20 July 2017 / Published: 23 July 2017
Measurable ecological data, e.g., species diversity, provide inadequate information for achieving the comprehensive protection of biodiversity, because human acceptance attitudes can be important factors in undermining nature protection schemes. We have analysed an ecologically driven urban management system presented to urban habitants. A photograph-based survey answered by 424 participants was used to evaluate their impressions of natural meadows. The positive effect of provided information tables was demonstrated by pre- and post-test designs. Attitudes towards urban nature protection showed a statistical preference for green-area management systems optimising insect protection compared with more regularly mowed meadows and lawns. Thus, the perceptions of people should be considered in processes of biodiversity protection. Our results correlate with personal attitude and education, support the aims of extensive green-space management and should encourage urban planners to integrate biodiversity protection zones into urban planning. View Full-Text
Keywords: attractiveness; conservation; lawn; meadow; natural; mowing; spruceness; questionnaire; survey attractiveness; conservation; lawn; meadow; natural; mowing; spruceness; questionnaire; survey
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Unterweger, P.A.; Schrode, N.; Betz, O. Urban Nature: Perception and Acceptance of Alternative Green Space Management and the Change of Awareness after Provision of Environmental Information. A Chance for Biodiversity Protection. Urban Sci. 2017, 1, 24.

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