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Implications for Environmental Education from Wildlife Valuations

Vemuri, Siva Ram (2004). Implications for Environmental Education from Wildlife Valuations. In Phillips, C(Ed.), Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press. (pp. 3-10).

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Author Vemuri, Siva Ram
Title of Chapter Implications for Environmental Education from Wildlife Valuations
Title of Book Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship
Place of Publication Oxford
Publisher Inter-Disciplinary Press
Publication Year 2004
Editor Phillips, C
ISBN 1904710131   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 3
End Page 10
Total Pages 8
Field of Research 0502 - Environmental Science and Management
0599 - Other Environmental Sciences
HERDC Category B - Book Chapter (DEST)
Abstract Appropriate valuations seem to be the main focus of Environmental education. However, in many instances, differences in environmental valuations stem from deep cultural constructs of what constitutes environment itself. Thus environmental conflicts may not be because there are irreconcilable claims or aspirations to the same perceptions of environment, but rather because there are fundamental differences in the way people perceive environments. Environmental educators must incorporate these differences in perceptions into the curriculum for effective decision-making to eventuate. This paper is concerned with one aspect of the environment, namely wildlife. In this paper, I wish to shed some light on differences in the way people perceive wildlife. I would suggest that the deep divide that exists in what constitutes wildlife plays an important role in its' valuation. The paper will then trace out several implications for environmental education. It will conclude with a call for environmental educators to provide skills for different knowledge bases to develop comprehensive theories on which valuation can be based, rather than be confined to provision of valuation tools for environmental managers of the mainstream.
Additional Notes Also presented at: 3rd Global Conference on Ecological Justice and Global Citizenship, Copenhagen, 12-14 February 2004
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