Quantitative assessment of the relationships among ecological, morphological and aesthetic values in a river rehabilitation initiative

Ashlee McCormick, Karen Fisher*, Gary Brierley

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Promoting community support in rehabilitation efforts through incorporation of aesthetic considerations is an important component of environmental management. This research utilised a small-scale survey methodology to explore relationships among the ecological and morphological goals of scientists and the aesthetic goals of the public using the Twin Streams Catchment, Auckland, New Zealand, as a case study. Analyses using a linear model and a generalised linear mixed model showed statistically significant relationships between perceived naturalness of landscapes and their aesthetic ratings, and among ratings of perceived naturalness and ecological integrity and morphological condition. Expert measures of health and the aesthetic evaluations of the public were well aligned, indicating public preferences for landscapes of high ecological integrity with good morphological condition. Further analysis revealed participants used 'cues to care' to rate naturalness. This suggests that environmental education endeavours could further align values with these cues in efforts to enhance approaches to landscape sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-67
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Volume153
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cues to care
  • Cultural sustainability
  • Ecological integrity
  • Landscape aesthetics
  • New Zealand
  • River rehabilitation
  • River Styles
  • Twin Streams

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