Local Residents' Knowledge about Protected Areas: A Case Study in Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, India

Marc Olomí-Solà, Francisco Zorondo-Rodríguez, Margarita Triguero-Mas, Naveen Jha, Victoria Reyes-García

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Abstract

A substantial body of research explores local residents' perceptions and attitudes toward protected areas. However, less research focuses explicitly on different aspects of local residents' knowledge about protected areas. To examine the local residents' knowledge regarding the existence and regulations of a nearby protected area and some of the socioeconomic correlates of this knowledge, we surveyed 425 adults living in urban and rural settings around the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka (India). We found that knowledge of the existence of the protected area was low, especially among urban dwellers. We also found that socioeconomic characteristics of informants, such as sex, education, and place of residency, explain variation in awareness of the existence of a protected area. As information on protected areas only reaches selected groups of the population, our findings highlight the importance of reinforcing policies that promote public awareness of protected areas. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-420
JournalSociety and Natural Resources
Volume25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012

Keywords

  • India
  • awareness
  • local people
  • protected areas
  • wildlife sanctuary

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