Gesellschaftliche Wahrnehmung, Bewertung und Umsetzung von Biodiversität
Such value shifts were necessary for the establishment of bird protection measures in legislation and elsewhere.
Various public controversies driven by conflicting social interests accompanied this process.
Social representations guiding people's actions in designing their environment can be studied in different social groups, for instance, people keeping gardens in small allotments in peri-urban areas.
A study of the plant species and varieties and their use in designing gardens revealed distinct preferences.
These preferences seem to be the results of various esthetical norms, partly expressing people's discontent with urban development and their own position within society, partly representing utopian images of a pre-industrial agricultural community. Value shifts and their effects can also be observed within the international scientific community.
A study of the “biodiversity movement” originating in the 1980s reveals that global concerns about human persistence put biological diversity back on scientists' research agenda.
Finally, the legal status of international conventions and the effect of the Earth Summit 1992 on national conservation strategies are discussed.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: July 1, 1995
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