Amenity and ecological management: A framework for policy and practice

Corney, H, Ives, C and Bekessy, S 2015, 'Amenity and ecological management: A framework for policy and practice', Ecological Management and Restoration, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 199-205.


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Title Amenity and ecological management: A framework for policy and practice
Author(s) Corney, H
Ives, C
Bekessy, S
Year 2015
Journal name Ecological Management and Restoration
Volume number 16
Issue number 3
Start page 199
End page 205
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract Amenity is a term that has re-emerged within both public policy and environmental management organisations in response to an increasing emphasis on the human benefits derived from ecosystems. However, practical implementation of amenity management has been difficult due to a lack of definitional clarity within operational and academic literature. This article discusses the need for definitional clarity and understanding of the component elements of amenity that are integral to ecological management and reviews the literature on the perceptions and definitions of amenity in varied contexts. This study argues that positive perceptions of amenity benefits of a place are influenced by both physical elements such as sight, sound and smell and social elements such as age, education and cultural values. These elements should be considered by management agencies in a structured manner in order for the full potential of amenity to be realised. We present a conceptual framework to provide definitional clarity to the concept of amenity and highlight the interactions among its constituent elements. For the management of human-dominated landscapes, considering the relationship between amenity and biodiversity may improve the integration of ecological and social goals.
Subject Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Amenity
Biodiversity
Environmental management
Environmental policy
DOI - identifier 10.1111/emr.12177
Copyright notice © 2015 Ecological Society of Australia and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
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