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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Social fit of coral reef governance varies among individuals
Author(s): Turner, Rachel A
Forster, Johanna
Fitzsimmons, Clare
Gill, David
Mahon, Robin
Peterson, Angelie
Stead, Selina M
Keywords: Caribbean
community perceptions
institutional fit
natural resource management
social acceptance
Issue Date: 30-Jun-2018
Date Deposited: 17-Jan-2019
Citation: Turner RA, Forster J, Fitzsimmons C, Gill D, Mahon R, Peterson A & Stead SM (2018) Social fit of coral reef governance varies among individuals. Conservation Letters, 11 (3), Art. No.: e12422.
Abstract: Improved natural resource governance is critical for the effective conservation of ecosystems, and the well-being of societies that depend on them. Understanding the social fit of institutional arrangements in different contexts can help guide the design of effective environmental governance. This empirical study assessed individual-level variation in institutional acceptance of coral reef governance among 652 respondents in 12 fishing and tourism-oriented communities in the Wider Caribbean. High institutional acceptance was strongly associated with perceptions of community cohesiveness, underlining the potential contribution of civil society to effective governance processes. Institutional acceptance was also influenced by reef use, awareness of rules, perceived trends in reef fish populations, education, and contextual community-level factors. Understanding what influences diverse perceptions of coral reef governance among individuals can help to assess the likelihood of support for conservation measures. This study highlights how knowledge of institutional acceptance can inform the design of more targeted interventions that enhance the social fit of conservation governance to local contexts and diverse resource users.
DOI Link: 10.1111/conl.12422
Rights: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the originalwork is properly cited.Copyright and Photocopying: © 2017 The Authors. Conservation Letters published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc
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