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A framework for incorporating sense of place into the management of marine systems

Ingrid E. van Putten, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; Centre for Marine Socioecology, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Éva E. Plagányi, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Queensland BioSciences Precinct (QBP), St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia; Centre for Marine Socioecology, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Kate Booth, Geography and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Christopher Cvitanovic, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; Centre for Marine Socioecology, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Rachel Kelly, Centre for Marine Socioecology, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Andre E Punt, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, USA; CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Shane A Richards, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-10504-230404

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Abstract

Successfully managing current threats to marine resources and ecosystems is largely dependent on our ability to understand and manage human behavior. In recent times we have seen increased growth in research to understand the human dimension of marine resource use, and the associated implications for management. However, despite progress to date, marine research and management have until recently largely neglected the critically important role of “sense of place,” and its role in influencing the success and efficacy of management interventions. To help address this gap we review the existing literature from various disciplines, e.g., environmental psychology, and sectors, both marine and nonmarine sectors, to understand the ways is which sense of place has been conceptualized and measured. Doing so we draw on three key aspects of sense of place, person, place, and process, to establish a framework to help construct a more organized and consistent approach for considering and representing sense of place in marine environmental studies. Based on this we present indicators to guide how sense of place is monitored and evaluated in relation to marine resource management, and identify practical ways in which this framework can be incorporated into existing decision-support tools. This manuscript is a first step toward increasing the extent to which sense of place is incorporated into modeling, monitoring, and management decisions in the marine realm.

Key words

human dimensions; indicators; management; marine environment; place attachment; values

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