Creator: Berghöfer, Uta; Rozzi, Ricardo, 1960- & Jax, Kurt, 1958-
Description: This article discusses research on diverse perspectives in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve in Chile and their relevance for conservation. Abstract: Relationships between humans and nature take multiple forms. This is a fundamental issue in conservation but one that is often neglected, leading to poor conservation outcomes. It is thus imperative that we come to understand better the complex relationships between humans and nature. To do so, we need to examine "nature" and the often assumed dichotomy between humans and nature. We conducted a qualitative social research inquiry to explore the societal relationships with nature in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve in Chile. From the results, the authors developed a framework that illustrates how different "natures" are created in the three-way relationship among the individual, society and the physical world. We further discuss the implications of the co-existence of various "natures" in one place. Their explicit consideration bears important potential for improving conservation practice. The framework can then serve as a heuristic tool for uncovering and addressing challenges in other conservation contexts.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences