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Building community capacity: Is it important for biodiversity conservation?

Moore, S.A. (2002) Building community capacity: Is it important for biodiversity conservation? In: 9th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, 2 - 5 June, Bloomington, Indiana.


Policy makers and managers are excitedly embracing 'community capacity' as the way to ensure biodiversity conservation activities are undertaken. Such excitement is based on the belief that improving community capacity will improve biodiversity conservation. Researchers are pursuing a better understanding of social capital for similar reasons. Unfortunately, community capacity remains poorly defined and the relationship between community capacity and social capital has not been clearly articulated, while the hypothesis that improved capacity leads to improved biodiversity conservation is untested. This paper describes the multiple and often conflicting definitions of community capacity in daily use, describes the relationships between capacity and social capital, and proposes a conceptual model to explore the relationships between capacity and biodiversity conservation. The paper concludes with a suggested research agenda for collaborative implementation with managers and policy makers.

Item Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
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