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Nature Conservation and the Voluntary Principle

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Primary legislation in Britain has enshrined the 'voluntary principle' at the centre of the working relationship between nature conservationists and other land-users. This paper examines the dilemma that arises from the application of the legislation to long-term land management strategies in support of nature conservation. In its historical context this approach does not sit easily with wider goals such as the land-use ethic of Aldo Leopold or the search for an ethic of sustainability.

Keywords: Treaty of Waitangi; conservation management; land-use ethics; legislation; nature conservation

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: August 1, 1994

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