People’s Place in Nature / Developing a relational values approach to align environmental values in conservation policy
Die Beziehungen der Menschen zur Natur
Project Number: CH-6580
||03/01/2019 - 06/09/2022
||Prof. Norman Backhaus
Geographisches Institut - Human Geography
Winterthurerstr. 190 - Irchel
Phone: +41 (0) 44 635 51 72 ; +41 (0) 44 635 51 11
FAX: +41 (0) 44 635 68 48
|human and social sciences|
environmental values, human-nature relationships, Swiss National Park, cultural landscape, biodiversity, agriculture
Environmental conservation efforts are often based on either the intrinsic value of nature or of its instrumental use to humans. Yet neither of these approaches effectively captures a wide range of values that motivate many people to care for land, ecosystems and species. For many people, relationships with nature and with other people via nature better characterize how they value and view their biophysical environment. This research project seeks to elaborate a relational values approach to conservation. Interviews with farmers in the vicinity of the Swiss National Park along with philosophical analysis will serve to elaborate a typology of relational values and develop the conceptual foundations of this emerging research area.
This research is part of the interdisciplinary project, "People’s Place in Nature" (https://nomisfoundation.ch/research-grants/peoples-place-in-nature/). The project started in August 2018. The project aims at developing a better understanding of the role of relations in people’s evaluation of nature and to develop an ethical argumentation for environmental responsibilities based on the relationship between people and nature around them.
This research is made possible by the NOMIS Foundation, URPP GCB, and UZH Forschungskredit.
1. What are the major types or categories of relational values?
2. What methods help to elicit relational values?
3. How does engagement with and activities on particular landscapes shape the types of relationships and relational values of landscape users, in particular farmers?
Last update: 11/15/21
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2022)
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