Individuals and Multilevel Management: A Study of the Perceived Adaptive Capacity of the Goose Management System among Farmers in Sweden

Louise Eriksson, Maria Johansson, Johan Månsson, Steve M. Redpath, Camilla Sandström, Johan Elmberg

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Abstract

Agricultural damage by geese is a growing problem in Europe and farmers play a key role in the emerging multilevel adaptive management system. This study explored how characteristics associated with the farmer and the farm, along with experience of damage, cognitive appraisals, emotions, and management beliefs were associated with the perceived adaptive capacity of the goose management system among farmers in the south of Sweden (n = 1,067). Survey results revealed that owning a larger farm, a farm closer to water or formally protected areas, along with cultivating cereal and root crops, were associated with geese evoking stronger negative emotions. Further, more previous experience of damage was related to stronger negative emotions and lower levels of perceived adaptive capacity. However, even more important determinants of perceived adaptive capacity were cognitive appraisals, emotions, and management beliefs. Bridging the ties between individual farmers and the system is important for improved multilevel management.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSociety and Natural Resources
Early online date2021-Dec-16
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021-Dec-16

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Zoology (10608)

Keywords

  • Cognitive appraisals
  • emotions
  • farmers
  • management beliefs
  • perceived adaptive capacity
  • wildlife damage

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