The role of social networks and trusted peers in promoting biodiverse carbon plantings

Torabi, N, Cooke, B and Bekessy, S 2016, 'The role of social networks and trusted peers in promoting biodiverse carbon plantings', Australian Geographer, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 139-156.


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Title The role of social networks and trusted peers in promoting biodiverse carbon plantings
Author(s) Torabi, N
Cooke, B
Bekessy, S
Year 2016
Journal name Australian Geographer
Volume number 47
Issue number 2
Start page 139
End page 156
Total pages 18
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Social capital has the potential to influence the success of biodiverse carbon plantings in the face of uncertainty amongst rural landholders about the need or efficacy of efforts to address climate change through tree planting. We conducted 17 face-to-face semi-structured interviews with landholders in Victoria, Australia who voluntarily participate in biodiverse carbon plantings on their land, focussing in particular on the role of social capital for understanding how 'early adopters' can advocate for programs locally. Interviews revealed the importance of social networks and the profound impact of trusted peers on the diffusion of carbon planting schemes. Social capital dimensions are especially important for shaping ongoing participation and the ways that participants become active agents in trusted relationships that influence participation of others. Our results suggest that positive impacts of social networks can counteract doubts about the validity of climate adaptation responses such as carbon planting, and enable landholders to connect the program with existing stewardship motivations. The ability for early adopters of the program to demonstrate the physical materialisation of their plantings to others was vital to this process. We propose that targeting champions and trusted peers in local communities could accelerate the proliferation of biodiverse carbon planting schemes.
Subject Conservation and Biodiversity
Land Use and Environmental Planning
Environmental Management
Keyword(s) Biodiversity
Carbon farming
Biodiverse carbon plantings
Private land conservation
Social capital
Social networks
Trust
DOI - identifier 10.1080/00049182.2016.1154535
Copyright notice © 2016 Geographical Society of New South Wales Inc.
ISSN 0004-9182
Additional Notes This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Australian Geographer on 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00049182.2016.1154535
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