Community group volunteer perceptions and awareness of Victorian marine protected areas

Koss, R. and Miller, Kelly 2005, Community group volunteer perceptions and awareness of Victorian marine protected areas, in IMPAC 1 2005 : Proceedings of the International Marine Protected Area Congress 1, International Marine Protected Area Congress, Geelong, Vic., pp. 156-156.

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Title Community group volunteer perceptions and awareness of Victorian marine protected areas
Author(s) Koss, R.
Miller, KellyORCID iD for Miller, Kelly orcid.org/0000-0003-4360-6232
Conference name International Marine Protected Area Congress (1st : 2005 : Geelong, Australia)
Conference location Geelong, Australia
Conference dates 23-28 October 2005
Title of proceedings IMPAC 1 2005 : Proceedings of the International Marine Protected Area Congress 1
Editor(s) Steiner, Archim
Publication date 2005
Start page 156
End page 156
Publisher International Marine Protected Area Congress
Place of publication Geelong, Vic.
Summary In 2004, a Community Based Monitoring (CBM) program for Victoria’s Marine National Parks and Marine Sanctuaries was developed. A key performance area for Victoria’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) Management Strategy is community engagement. This program was developed to incorporate the key performance principles of community education, participation and engagement. CBM involves scientific protocols to monitor different habitat types in a MPA. As part of the CBM project, perceptions and values of MPAs were investigated through a pilot survey of 125 community group volunteers from 4 volunteer groups. Surveys were sent to all community group members which included participants and non-participants in the CBM program. Questions sought qualitative and quantitative information, focusing on personal values of MPAs. The surveys included questions associated with CBM, MPA management and environmental issues affecting the marine environment. Responses from the pilot study indicated that 50% of the volunteers participated in CBM to learn more about scientific research, and 30% wanted to work close to nature. This pilot study will form the basis of a larger-scale study to investigate community group perceptions of MPAs and identifying how to maintain volunteer enthusiasm, interest and motivation in a CBM program.
Language eng
Field of Research 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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