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The Fundamental Role of Large-Scale Trust Building in Natural Resource Management

Karni Marcus

Environmental Values 25 (2016): 259-286. doi: 10.3197/096327116X14598445991385

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To better understand how to solve large-scale social dilemmas such as common-pool resource management, this paper provides a interdisciplinary critical analysis of scholarship to reveal the vicious cycle we are currently mired in. It proposes that current approaches to promote pro-environmental behaviour will be limited in their efficacy without a preliminary change in the level of trust among individuals and the systems that purport to support them. It then advances a new focus on large-scale trust building, suggesting paths for future research and a new direction for successful outcomes.


Natural resource management, trust, values, community, altruism.

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Social Practice and the Evolution of Personal Environmental Values. Sarah Hards

Climate, Collective Action and Individual Ethical Obligations. Marion Hourdequin

Greening our Future and Environmental Values: An Investigation of Perception, Attitudes and Awareness of Environmental issues in Zambia. Mweemba Liberty and Wu Hongjuan

Reframing Individual Responsibility for Sustainable Consumption: Lessons from Environmental Justice and Ecological Citizenship. Lucie Middlemiss

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Social Ecological Transformation and the Individual. Clive L. Spash

Self-Identity and Sense of Place: Some Thoughts Regarding Climate Change Adaptation Policy Formulation. Charles N. Herrick

Unravelling Reasons for the Non-Establishment of Protected Areas: Justification Regimes and Principles of Worth in a Swiss National Park Project. Annina Helena Michel, Norman Backhaus

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