Fujitani, Marie, Riepe, Carsten, Pagel, Thilo, Buoro, Mathieu, Santoul, Frédéric, Lassus, Rémy, Cucherousset, Julien and Arlinghaus, Robert (2020) Ecological and social constraints are key for voluntary investments into renewable natural resources. Global Environmental Change, 63 . p. 102125. DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2020.102125.

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Abstract

Encouraging pro-environmental behavior is an urgent global challenge. An interdisciplinary framework covering governance, economic, social, ecological, and psychological dimensions is required to understand the salient features that encourage pro-environmental outcomes within and across contexts. We apply the Ostrom social-ecological systems framework to model voluntary investments by members of civil society into the aquatic environment. Using a data set of 1,809 angling clubs managing water bodies for fish stocking and habitat management in Germany and France, we show that a small set of factors, most crucially social-ecological and governance context as well as social norms and other bottom-up social pressures, drive environmental investments. These factors appear to override behavioral influences from psychological variables of the decision-maker. By contrast, the contextual setting related to property rights, size of the resource system, and social expectations were found to be strongly related to behavioral decisions, highlighting that the social-ecological context as well as incentives may be more important than knowledge and cognitions in driving certain pro-environmental actions.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area (enter as: PA1/PA2/PA3/PA4/PA5): PA4
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Deliberation, Valuation and Sustainability
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2020.102125
ISSN: 09593780
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2021 14:06
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2021 14:06
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/4629

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