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dc.contributor.advisorBollard-Breen, Barbara
dc.contributor.advisorTowns, Dave
dc.contributor.advisorWood, Jay
dc.contributor.authorOmondiagbe, Harriet
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-08T22:39:58Z
dc.date.available2017-06-08T22:39:58Z
dc.date.copyright2016
dc.date.created2017
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/10532
dc.description.abstractThe field of environmental conservation is experiencing a greater awareness of the social complexities involved when implementing conservation goals, while the process for effectively engaging stakeholders, especially communities, remains challenging. I investigated how engaging a community could aid in developing new conservation initiatives within a pest management context, with the aim of contributing to a Predator Free New Zealand by 2050. This thesis demonstrates the potential for successful collaborations while engaging communities in developing conservation strategies. Firstly, I explored the role of Sense of Place in pest management planning. Next, I identified conservation actors, analysed their relationships and examined the potential for collaboration within their social networks. Lastly, I employed Living Lab principles of value, influence, realism, sustainability and openness to assist stakeholders in developing pest management strategies for their community. I designed the study within a pragmatism paradigm, employing a sequential mixed method approach and involving theories from different disciplines. The study proposed that conservation strategies with minimal or no impact on a community’s sense of place would likely be adopted without strong opposition and vice versa. Stakeholders’ position within their social networks could influence collective action that could favour conservation goals. By engaging communities in conservation planning; conservation goals developed are relevant; public opposition could be minimised; a momentum could be generated for conservation action and there is an increased likelihood that conservation goals would be achieved. The results of this study offer expectation for the feasibility of a predator-free New Zealand; however, the issues identified in this thesis have to be addressed before this expectation can become a reality.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectSocial networken_NZ
dc.subjectSense of placeen_NZ
dc.subjectLiving Laboratoryen_NZ
dc.subjectPredator Free 2050en_NZ
dc.subjectPredator Free New Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectWaiheke Islanden_NZ
dc.subjectPragmatismen_NZ
dc.subjectPest managementen_NZ
dc.subjectIsland communitiesen_NZ
dc.subjectCommunity engagement; Applied Conservation; Conservation Biology; Conservation planningen_NZ
dc.titleHow Can Engaging Communities Aid in Developing New Conservation Initiatives?en_NZ
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral Theses
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_NZ
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
dc.date.updated2017-06-08T03:15:35Z


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