What is it about?
This paper illustrates a case in which decision-makers appear to misunderstand public attitudes regarding natural resource use. It compares two studies: one revealing beliefs regarding public perceptions of a novel method of aquaculture; and a second revealing the perceptions actually held by the public. A gap exists between what decision-makers believe the public perceives and what the public actually perceives.
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Why is it important?
This may mean natural-resource use decisions and policies are not representative of the public at large - but rather of a vocal minority.
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This page is a summary of: Public attitudes and decision making in environmental resource planning — a perception gap, Environmental Science & Policy, February 2018, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2017.11.012.
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