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A synthesis of knowledge about motives for participation in perpetual conservation easements

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posted on 2023-05-20, 20:23 authored by Kemink, KM, Vanessa AdamsVanessa Adams, Pressey, RL, Walker, JA
Perpetual conservation easements are a popular method in some countries for addressing conservation goals. Landowner participation plays a key role in the development of these agreements. Despite the importance of involvement by landowners, no recent efforts have been made to synthesize information about the motivations for participation in perpetual easement programs. As a result, the literature lacks a framework to guide future case studies that would facilitate comparisons and generalizations. To this end, we reviewed 43 studies that investigated individual motivations to participate in perpetual conservation easements, and categorized motivations using Ostrom's social–ecological framework. We identified a strong tendency among studies to focus only on local‐scale processes involving landowners, with little consideration of broader‐scale influences. We also highlight several cross‐study trends and gaps in the literature where future research would prove valuable.


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Conservation Science and Practice

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School of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences


John Wiley & Sons, Inc

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United States

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© 2020 The Authors. Conservation Science and Practice published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Society for Conservation Biology. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License, ( which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Socio-economic Objectives

Environmental protection frameworks (incl. economic incentives)

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