Improving quality of life for residents of biosphere reserves and nature parks: management recommendations from Switzerland

Wiesli, Thea Xenia; Hammer, Thomas; Knaus, Florian (2022). Improving quality of life for residents of biosphere reserves and nature parks: management recommendations from Switzerland. Sustainability: science, practice and policy, 18(1), pp. 601-615. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/15487733.2022.2100128

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Biosphere reserves and nature parks are protected areas that aim to combine nature conservation with human-development goals. These areas provide ideal environments for promoting and testing sustainable ways of living. The goal of this study was to determine how park management can best contribute to the quality of life of residents. The article presents the results of a survey in Switzerland of 2,409 residents of a biosphere reserve and two regional nature parks on the provision of quality of life. The results indicate that the quality of life in the parks is generally high. The identified dimensions that constitute this quality of life, their perceived importance, and the needs expressed by residents suggest that park management can help to increase and safeguard extant conditions by offering activities that improve health, social relations, and sustainable mobility. Awareness of how park management can contribute to the quality of life of park residents sustainably enables the setting of new priorities that have joint outputs that can be positive for both nature and people.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Wiesli, Thea Xenia and Hammer, Thomas

ISSN:

1548-7733

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Projects:

[1012] Lebensqualität im Kontext Nachhaltiger Entwicklung. Die Innensicht der Akteure und der Beitrag der Pärke von nationaler Bedeutung zur Förderung Nachhaltiger Lebensqualität
[804] Socio-Economic Transition

Language:

English

Submitter:

Melchior Peter Nussbaumer

Date Deposited:

17 Aug 2022 11:39

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 16:22

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/15487733.2022.2100128

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/172022

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/172022

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