An integrated moral obligation model for landowner conservation norms

Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal
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Abstract

This study applies an integrated moral obligation model to examine the role of environmental and cultural values, and beliefs in the activation of landowner conservation norms. Data for this study were collected through a self-administered survey of riparian landowners in two Minnesota watersheds: Sand Creek and Vermillion River watersheds. Study findings suggest that collectivistic and biospheric–altruistic values form the bases for the activation of personal norms. Further, beliefs about local responsibility and ability to act influence personal norms to protect water resources. Findings suggest that landowners’ personal norms of water conservation are more likely to be activated by conservation strategies that appeal to biospheric–altruistic and collectivistic values, emphasize adverse consequences of water pollution, highlight water resource protection as a local responsibility, and provide the resources needed to protect water resources.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title An integrated moral obligation model for landowner conservation norms
Series title Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal
DOI 10.1080/08941920.2016.1239289
Volume 30
Issue 2
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Leetown
Description 16 p.
First page 212
Last page 227