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Media Framing of Financial Mechanisms for Resolving Human–Predator Conflict in Namibia

Rust, Niki (2015) Media Framing of Financial Mechanisms for Resolving Human–Predator Conflict in Namibia. Human Dimensions of Wildlife: An International Journal, 20 (5). pp. 440-453. ISSN 1087-1209. E-ISSN 1533-158X. (doi:10.1080/10871209.2015.1037027)

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Abstract

The decline in carnivore populations is largely exacerbated by lethal methods used to reduce livestock depredation. Financial mechanisms are designed to limit lethal control by reducing the cost of depredation. The media can affect how the general public feel about issues like financial mechanisms but no study has been undertaken to understand the framing of this topic. This article filled this gap by using content analysis of newspapers to analyze economic incentives designed to mitigate human–carnivore conflict in Namibia. Forty-six percent of the articles were framed positively toward incentives, 24% ambivalently, 19% negatively, and 11% neutrally. Compensation was commonly framed positively whereas community-based conservation, trophy hunting, and tourism were framed ambivalently. Incentives were framed more negatively where perceived costs outweighed benefits. These results can help conservationists plan more effective communication interventions and anticipate issues that can affect the success of mitigation strategies.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/10871209.2015.1037027
Uncontrolled keywords: carnivore conservation, compensation, economic incentives, human–wildlife conflict, trophy hunting
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: N. Rust
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2016 07:32 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:57 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54024 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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